New Zealand is known for its fantastic tourist destinations and if you are planning to explore the island-nation, a visit to Tauranga is a must. The stunning coastal city in the North Island offers so much fun activities that you need to make a plan before starting. Here we will guide you on a tour of Tauranga.
About Tauranga: Tauranga is situated at the head of a big harbour which extends along the Bay of Plenty and guarded by Matakana Island. Tauranga is a Maori name meaning a ‘safe anchorage‘. The town of Mount Maunganui is located at the harbour’s entrance and five kilometres to the north of Tauranga. Tauranga’s warm and dry climate make it a great place for a vacation. Tauranga is mostly surrounded by horticulture land and is particularly known for production of tangelo, a grapefruit, and kiwifruit.
Best time to visit: Tauranga can be visited for most time of the year. It mostly depends on you to set up your date with this beautiful place. The summer and spring are mild here while the winter offers an opportunity for sightseeing in the pleasant warmth of the sun. No matter which season it is, the enthusiasm to explore Tauranga will hardly fall short of the mark.
How to reach: Tauranga can be reached via air, road and water. It has a domestic airport and is connected directly by Air New Zealand flights from cities like Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. If one chooses the roadway from Auckland, he/she will have to take the route via Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi (total distance is just over 200 km). Besides, there are frequent bus services from various parts of New Zealand. One can also opt for a boat ride to the Port of Tauranga. The port is located in Mount Maunganui. It takes only five minutes to reach Mount Maunganui from Salisbury Wharf cruise ship dock.
What to see: Tauranga is home to not just picturesque locations like pristine white beaches and other natural beauties like geysers, mountain and volcano. It is also known for its historical, cultural, art and craft and culinary delicacies and wine. The major attractions here include: Tauranga Art Gallery, White Island active volcano, Mauao mountain, Te Puna Querry Park, Mount Maunganui, Waitomo Caves, Kiwi 360, Kaimai ranges, McLaren Falls Park, Kaiate Falls Tauranga and the city itself and many more.
Where to eat: Eating out is a major attraction in Tauranga. There are several restaurants to explore, particularly on ‘The Strand’—known as the restaurant central of the city. Besides, there are Amphora and Shiraz and cafes like Providores and Slow Fish.
Where to stay: Tauranga offers accommodation of all sorts. The Sebel Trinity Wharf Tauranga is a luxury hotel while there are others in the budget range like Just The Ducks Nuts Backpackers and Hotel On Devonport.
For those who are planning to make a memorable trip to Tauranga, please visit www.customdaytours.co.nz for all necessary details on how to lay out a plan. We provide Tauranga day tours and cruise tours Tauranga besides local guided and private tours from Auckland. Our Tauranga cruise ship tours include day tours to Rotorua, Waitomo day tour, Hobbiton day tours and extra excursions. We also offer attractive package for those who stay in Auckland and want to witness the beauty of Tauranga.