Discover Tauranga

Staying in Tauranga or at the Mount opens the door to amazing outdoor adventures, beach fun and delicious food experiences.

Whatever you want for your holiday, Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty) is ready and willing to bring it to life. Want to see a canyon full of glowworms? Want to learn to surf or wrangle a blokart? Want to shop at a farmers market then visit a brewery for a tasting paddle? Bring your wish-list to Tauranga, Mount Maunganui or Whakatāne and let the fun begin.

About our flights to Tauranga

Air New Zealand operates daily non-stop flights to Tauranga from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with connections across the New Zealand domestic network. With all our New Zealand domestic airfares you can choose seat, seat+bag, flexichange or flexirefund fare types. Flexichange gives you the flexibility to change your flight with no change fees while flexirefund is fully refundable. Find out more about our New Zealand domestic seat options.

Where to go and what to see in the Bay of Plenty

Stretching from Waihī Beach in the west to Ōpōtiki in the east, Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty) region is loved for its long white-sand beaches, sensational fruit and vegetables, massive range of outdoor adventures and cultural creativity, which you can experience as wonderful art and delectable food. Unless you just want to flop on the beach, we recommend you hire a car and do some exploring.

A coastal paradise of beaches and bays

Whether you're a surfer, swimmer, walker or sunbather, you'll find plenty of room to do your thing in Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty). At the western end of the Bay, Waihī Beach is a relaxed seaside settlement with a stretch of gorgeous surf beach that's 10km long. There's another 100km ocean beach spanning from Mount Maunganui to Whakatāne, then Ōhope and Ōpōtiki beaches continue on the other side of the Whakatāne headland. All these fabulous ocean beaches have fine white sand and some are patrolled in summer.

Tauranga's inner harbour also provides plenty of scope for seaside activities. It's a place for sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing and fishing. Or you can take a more leisurely approach to your holiday and enjoy picnics at places like Ōmokoroa, Bowentown and Pilot Bay.

More about beaches and coastal fun in Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty).

Great outdoorsy things to do

Clad in native forest, Mauao (aka 'the Mount') is open for outdoor fun every day. There's a 45 minute base walk or you can hike to the summit for long-range views along the coast and inland to the Kaimāī Range.

For a day away from the ocean, head inland to McLaren Falls Park, a popular spot for camping, kayaking, picnics and bush walks. There's a wide range of walking tracks, a beautiful waterfall, places to swim and glowworms after dusk. Papamoa Hills Regional Park is another beauty spot for hiking - there are several pā sites here, as well as a summit to conquer.

Biking is big in Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty). There are leisurely cycle paths for trail riders and exciting challenges for mountain bikers. Favourite spots include Summerhill Trails, TECT All Terrain Park and Motu Trails. It's also easy to rent an electric bike for exploring Mount Maunganui and Tauranga.

More about Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty's) great outdoors.

Easy family adventures

Kids love visiting Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, and many of the great family things to do in the region are just as much fun for grownups.

If your family enjoys being on the water, there's an excellent choice of boat trips to consider. The longest cruises head out into the ocean, where there's a good chance of seeing penguins, seals, whales, orca and sharks. Some cruises even offer dolphin swimming, when conditions are right. For those who prefer calmer water, harbour cruises are an option. They offer the chance to disembark at Matakana Island or Ōmokoroa Peninsula.

Families with older children can discover the exhilaration of blokarting and drift trikes at BayStation. A blokart is like a windsurfer on wheels, while a drift cart is built to skid in a spectacular way around a specially-built track. Stand up paddle boarding is another fun activity for older kids - you can rent boards and get lessons at Pilot Bay in Mount Maunganui.

Other family activities in Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty) include glowworm kayaking, listening for kiwi in the wild and meeting the characters at the Hairy Maclary sculpture park. And at the end of any busy day, the whole family can relax at the Mount Hot Pools or Fernland Spa Thermal Mineral Springs.

Read more about family fun in Tauranga and Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty).

Exploring the entire Bay of Plenty

Roaming around Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty) in a rental car is highly recommended. It means you'll see more than just the attractions close to your accommodation, including some as far afield as Waihī Beach and Whakatāne.

Use your mobility to check out weekend farmers markets, which will furnish you with all the picnicking and snacking supplies you need. And nominate a sober driver to take you to a couple of the bay's fine breweries, like the Rising Tide Brewhouse in Tauranga. However, if nobody wants to do the driving, there's a Brewbus tour running three days a week from the Tauranga.

Food experiences beyond the Mount and Tauranga city should definitely be explored. There's a cider brewery restaurant in Te Puna and Mills Reef Winery in Bethlehem, just to mention a couple. If you make it as far as Whakatāne, be sure to visit Mataatua Wharenui - it's one of the best Māori culture experiences in the country and the full tour includes a traditional feast.

More about exploring Te Moananui ā Toi (the Coastal Bay of Plenty).

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Essential information

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New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD)

All passengers travelling internationally to New Zealand are required to complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration form before departure. Find out more.

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Best time to go

Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and the wider Bay of Plenty make up one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand. Daily maximum temperatures are around 23°C in summer and 15°C in winter. Many of New Zealand's best beaches are in this area, so it can be really busy in summer. Spring and autumn are a good idea if you want to avoid crowds. Winter often produces beautiful blue sky days.

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How much will it cost?

Not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about NZD $100 to $150 a day per person for food and entertainment.

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Health

You may be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and/or a negative COVID-19 test when travelling to New Zealand. Find out more.

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Visas

You might need a visa to holiday in New Zealand, depending on where you're from and how long you're staying. See the visa-waiver list.

Cheap flights to Tauranga

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Auckland (AKL) to Tauranga (TRG) 

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40m 

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Wellington (WLG) to Tauranga (TRG) 

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1h 20m 

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Christchurch (CHC) to Tauranga (TRG)

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1h 50m

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