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Us travel addicts know that life was meant for good friends and great adventures. So dig out that well-worn suitcase — it’s time to take those wandering feet of yours to Tauranga!
Approximately 110,000 people live in this part of Bay of Plenty.
Tauranga isn't too far from Te Puke, which is situated 17 kilometres to the southeast. Wellington, the nation's capital, is to be found 420 kilometres to the south.
It's not always easy to find fun activities that everyone in the family will enjoy. Luckily, sights such as Kiwi360, Marshalls Animal Park and Game On Activities mean this isn't an issue in Tauranga.
If you consider yourself a wine aficionado, grab the opportunity to stop by one of the area's wineries. You can taste test some regional varieties at the Mills Reef Winery.
Longing to feel the grass under your feet and watch the clouds roll by? Schedule an outing to some of Tauranga's grassy parks, such as Memorial Park and Robbins Park.
There's something amazing about the quality of the air when you stand near the base of a shimmering cascade like Kaiate Falls or Whataroa Falls.
Craving a bit of time by the ocean? Go for a leisurely walk and add to your seashell collection at Omokoroa Beach.
You probably know about its best shopping centres or squares, but don't forget that Tauranga has some excellent natural sights too. Karangahake Gorge and Mount Maunganui are two to consider. For those who haven't quite had their fill, Mauao and Mount Maunganui Summit Track are two more worth visiting.
Stroll the halls and appreciate the carefully organised collections at the Classic Flyers NZ. You'll definitely find something to spark your curiosity.
Immerse yourself in the interesting collection of artworks on display at the Tauranga Art Gallery. If anything jumps out at you, see if you can learn more about the artist.
Take a step back in time with a visit to The Elms Mission House and Brain Watkins House. They're excellent places to get a real understanding of Tauranga's history. If that doesn't satisfy your inner history nerd, continue on to the Monmouth Redoubt and Mission Cemetery.
No matter what you believe in, there's something about spiritual spaces that soothes the soul. Huria Marae is a must-do for travellers seeking some serenity.
Many travellers put Minden Lookout towards the top of their travel list. You won't want to be left out of all the fun, so make sure you slot it into your schedule too.
You might visit Mount Surf Museum only wanting to buy some essential supplies, but you'll probably leave with lots more than that.
Soothe stress, work out and have some fun at the same time by spending a day on the fairways at the Tauranga Golf Club.
When you are exploring new cities, it's sometimes the less flashy sites that'll replay in your memories once you're home. A couple of places which fit that bill in Tauranga are Blake Park and the Tauranga South Bowling Club. Adrenalin Forest and the blokart Recreation Park are also worth considering.
You don't have to break the bank to have a decent night's rest in Tauranga. The Pacific Coast Lodge & Backpackers, located at 432 Maunganui Road, and the Seagulls Guesthouse, found at 12 Hinau Street, are both relaxing and cheap as chips. Or perhaps you'd rather live like royalty at the Ridge Country Retreat? The Reef Beachfront Apartments is one more popular option for those who relish the finer things in life.
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