At the heart of Tauranga (one of New Zealand’s most desirable lifestyle cities) is our City Centre and waterfront. Every entertainment, shopping and culinary experience you would expect of a modern city is here.
Fabulous cafes, restaurants and bars line the waterfront and the inner-city streets, where international cuisine, succulent Pacific-Rim choices, fabulous coffee and an awesome atmosphere awaits. Join in the fun and frivolity at bars and nightclubs during the evenings for live music, drinks and dancing or tuck yourself away in a quiet restaurant and savour the flavours.
If shopping is your pleasure, you’ll find no shortage of excellent retail outlets to browse through – whatever you’re looking for, Tauranga City will likely have a store that stocks it! Tauranga also has a thriving ‘creative’ community and there are a great number of galleries, art markets and boutique stores where you can enjoy the quality art and crafts that we produce.
Every Easter, the main city roads in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui are closed off to vehicles as the annual Jazz festival trumpets into town. This 4-day long festival draws thousands to dance, drink and enjoy the sounds of live jazz bands performing.
We are always happy to recommend the best activities and attractions that the Bay of Plenty has to offer, and can even book on your behalf. Below are just a few of the excellent experiences that await you here.White Island Tours
Walk over an active marine volcano – see plumes of steam rising from the moon-like terrain, peer into deep craters, see the ruins of a devastated mining village and be fascinated by the flora and fauna that survives in this almost alien environment. This is an experience that visitors to the Bay of Plenty simply shouldn’t miss.Swimming with Dolphins
Join a tour and head for the ocean blue, where you’ll see pods of wild, playful dolphins riding the bow of your purpose-built vessel. Don your snorkel and mask and swim with the dolphins. You may even see Penguins, sea birds and other wildlife on your journey.Scenic Flights
There are several operators who offer scenic flights (by small plane, glider or helicopter) over the stunning Bay of Plenty region. See Mount Maunganui's namesake, our glittering beaches, expanse of blue harbour, busy port and city, White Island's volcano and so much more from the air.Horse Treks
Ride horseback along the beach, breathing in the salty fresh air as waves lap at your mounts legs, or over rolling farmland to high ridges where the views are awe-inspiring.Longridge Fun Park
Board the Longridge Jet and hurtle down the mighty Kaituna River – with so much horsepower beneath you, you’ll want to hold on tight! You’ll also experience 360-degree Jet Boat spins! Also at Longridge Fun Park, U-Drive puts you in the drivers seat of a purpose-built 4WD – rev your engine and set off on the all-terrain tracks, it's great fun. After all the excitement, you can relax in the café while the kids pet friendly farm animals including baby animals in the spring. You will find Longridge Fun Park just a 20 minute drive from Cameron Thermal Motel.