Five Things to Do in Tauranga NZ


As the largest city in Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is a place you must visit. It’s just a 15 minute drive from Mount Maunganui, the most popular beach town in New Zealand. Tauranga is one of the main centres for international trade, fashion, culture, business and horticultural science. It is also home to the Port of Tauranga which is New Zealand’s largest port in terms of efficiency and tonnage.

Five things to do in Tauranga NZ

1. Take a scenic walk at Downtown Tauranga

Downtown Tauranga is home to several historically significant areas such as the Strand waterfront which is always buzzing with activities and houses some of the best restaurants, pubs, café, nightclubs and accommodation options which you can enjoy during a scenic walk. It also houses the water’s edge, with children playing at the local playground. Your sight will run wild as you watch them clamber over the Hairy Maclary bronze sculptures – a storybook scene from Dame Lynley in her children books.

2. Go for a Dolphin tour

Tauranga’s harbour is always available at every corner of the city. It provides the town with an attractive waterfront setting where you can fish, sail, dive and enjoy a dolphin tour. These Tauranga day tours are easy to arrange and available at the town’s beauty spots such as the McLaren Falls or Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.

3. Visit the Tauranga Art Gallery

Tauranga Art Gallery is one of the newest and most respected public galleries in New Zealand. Since it was opened in 2007, it has delivered high-quality exhibitions within its fashionable gallery space and is located right in the heart of the city’s CBD. Visiting the mezzanine galleries only takes an hour and will leave you overwhelmed by the beauty of the art displayed.

4. Katikati Bird Gardens

The KatiKati Bird Gardens are beautiful established gardens that are on the edge of the Tauranga Harbour. You get to view exotic native birds with the inclusion of the NZ Kea on this place. You can also get a golf cart tour around the place as you enjoy the view of the birds.

5. Scenic flight

The beautiful scenic flights are ideal the passengers who like to get a view of the surrounding landscape and allow them to get the proper bearings before heading down. A scenic flight will allow you to view the beauty and adventure that the city has to offer. With the beautiful harbor, blue ocean, mountains, volcanoes and lakes, there’s so much to see, Tauranga tours is the most ideal way to get the overview of the magical city without missing on any of its activities.

If you are visiting the Port for the first time, we at Custom Day Tours provide Tauranga day tours to ensure that your visit in unforgettable. We will take you around the beautiful Port Tauranga, the world famous Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, around Bay of Plenty and Hobbiton. We will create an ideal schedule to make sure that you visit the best places and make the best of your  cruise ship excursions Tauranga. Find us at


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