Waihi Beach, Bowentown, Athenree - Waihi Beach goes to Bowentown and Athenree
connected by a beautiful coastal walkway. A popular surf spot during summer.
Katikati - This town is unique for the magnificent murals painted on almost
every spare wall; a tradition begun by the Open Air Arts committee in 1991.
Omokoroa Beach - Omokoroa peninsula juts into Tauranga Harbour with boat-launching
facilities and a boating club. Take the ferry to Matakana Island to explore!
Papamoa - Papamoa is a popular surf beach stretching for miles with panoramic
views. Go surfing, surfcasting or harvesting delicious tuatua shellfish at
Te Puke - The historic town of Te Puke is known as the kiwifruit capital of
the world. Go hunting the ubiquitous kiwifruit in all its forms!
Maketu Beach - A tranquil spot with a tidal estuary and stunning vistas. Perfect
for those who want to get close to nature, whilst still being in reach of
shops, the golf course and fishing.
Pukehina, Matata, Thornton - A long stretch of Pacific Coast Highway connects
Pukehina, Matata and Thornton. Matata is the Maori name for the fernbird which
still can be seen around the lagoons.
White Island - An active volcano about 50km of Whakatane, White Island regularly
bursts into life. Once the site of sulphur mining, these days it's a popular
spot for sightseeing, fishing and diving.
and open-air artworks in and around Katikati’s main street. The ‘Mural
Town of New Zealand’ started with three murals in 1991. The Haiku Pathway
is an enjoyable stroll meandering along the Uretara River.
is dominated by Mount Ngatamahinerua, which the Kaimai railway tunnel passes
beneath. There are many good day walks in the park – the hike to the
beautiful Wairere Falls begins at Goodwin Road.
has unobstructed views along the coast over orchards, farmland and Tauranga
Park, south of Tauranga, is one of the most romantic settings in the region.
Referred to by locals as ‘lovers’ lookout’, the park has
breathtaking views, many bush walks and an impressive waterfall. The park
incorporates an arboretum containing one of the best collections of trees
in the North Island.
has a flourishing wine industry – the majority of vineyards welcome
visitors for tastings and some have top-class restaurants.
Te Puna Quarry
Park is being developed from a disused quarry into a world-class park by a
dedicated band of volunteers. It is the place to go to enjoy nature and tranquillity,
stunning views over the Bay of Plenty and great art.
(Mauao) base track is one of the most picturesque and walked tracks in New
Zealand. You can also climb 1.5km to the top for a panoramic view of white
sand, the harbour and outlying islands.
Island (Leisure Island), a short stroll from Mount Maunganui’s main
beach, is popular for its views of the ocean. During times of high seas it
puts on a spectacular geyser-like display from the ‘blow-hole’.
Cultural Heritage Regional Park has a number of pa (fort) sites and is rich
in Maori historical and ancestral associations. Walk to the summit (45 minutes)
for panoramic views.
southeast of Tauranga, is a pretty bush-filled ravine where the stream drops
in a series of nine cascading waterfalls.
is an active volcano – you can visit by launch or helicopter from Whakatane.
is 11km long and is much loved by families for its safe swimming and splendid
white sand. Only 6km from Whakatane, Ohope Beach is an excellent place for
sea kayaking, fishing, bird-watching and long beach walks.
Lookout has spectacular views; there is a track over the western headland.
is home to many birds, including migratory species that use the harbour as
their feeding ground