Nestled within the Kaimai Range is this absolutely stunning city. Tauranga New Zealand brings forth a wide range of Activities and Attractions where there is something suitable for everyone.
Tauranga has grown exponentially in a wide variety of ways and continues to do so. As the countries fastest growing city, Tauranga New Zealand has become known and popular due it’s laid back lifestyle while fulfilling New Zealand’s outdoor lifestyle.
Mountains, Tracks & Trails, Panoramic Views, Rivers, Food, Shopping. These are only some of the things Tauranga has on offer. Unique Experiences await all people of all ages. Begin to create memories worth cherishing.
Te Puna Quarry Park
Te Puna Quarry Park in Tauranga
Tauranga brings to you Te Puna Quarry Park. An absolutely beautiful park that has been developed by a dedicated band of volunteers from a disused quarry into a world class park.
A place of natural beauty, you will find from the top magical panoramic views overlooking the Bay of Plenty, and gardens of infinite variety as you look down upon them.
Gardens here include irises, cacti and succulents, an Australian area, a native Arboretum, a Bonsai corner, a South African area and a Palm Grove. Also to see is a butterfly garden where monarchs and admirals happily fly free.
There are ponds, tree ferns, cymbidium orchids by the thousand, native tree plantings and exotics such as vireya rhododendrons. The waterwheel is also an amazing feature.
Featured throughout the Park, are stone sculptures by local artists. Also, the African animals are popular with children, as are the "musical instruments” and the old digger used in the working quarry.
Te Puna Quarry Park is open all day, every day. However, the gates do close. The park is still open to pedestrians and cars can be parked outside the gates.
Kaiate Falls Walk and Waterfall
Kaiate Falls walk and waterfall in Welcome Bay, Tauranga Kaiate Falls walk and waterfall, also known as Te Rerekawau Falls, is a pair of impressive waterfalls with one being a three-tiered upper series followed by an attractive plunge of the lower waterfall. A the base you'll find a beautiful swimming hole where you can enjoy a lovely swim.
You arrive at a parking area where the beginning of the trail begins. From here you make your way down a dirt track that also has some stairs along the way.
As you make your way down, you'll also find yourself walking through the beautiful forest to reach this stunning attraction. There are also a number of viewing spots where you can cast your eyes on each of the waterfalls before you reach the main waterfall.
At the base, you will find a waterhole that is lovely to swim in during the summertime. There is also an area that is great for picnics with a view of the spectacular waterfall. The swimming hole is not advisable to swim in for a few days after a decent rainfall. Due to maybe having become contaminated.
Tracks are well-formed throughout the reserve. You will require a moderate level of fitness and care as you make your way down the Kaiate Falls walk and back up the tracks. It will be wise to wear appropriate footwear. During time of rainfall and up to a few days after, the tracks can become slippery in places.
The car park up the top, nearby, is an area where you can also have a picnic. Views here have you overlooking Mount Maunganui and the Port of Tauranga. Enjoy Kaiate Falls Walk and Waterfall
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The Elms Mission House
Tauranga's heritage... The Elms Mission House Here in Tauranga, The Elms Mission House is one of the oldest historic buildings in the country. Completed in 1847, this is one of the finest examples of Georgian Architecture in the southern hemisphere. If you find yourself visiting Tauranga and would like a slice of history, take a walk through the historic Elms Mission Station.
This traditional English house was built for Reverend Alfred Nesbit Brown, who came to New Zealand with his first wife Charlotte in 1829 as a missionary for the Church Missionary Society of England.
From here, Maori were given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, and were educated in reading and writing, as well as agricultural and domestic skills.
The Elms having being restored, the building is in original condition except for the roof, which was originally shingled but is now clad in corrugated iron.
The Elms Mission House grounds are open daily, free of charge. As well as the beautiful gardens. Volunteer guides open the house and library to visitors from 9 am to 4 pm daily. There is a small entry fee of $5.00.
Discover why Yatton Park is so popular Yatton Park has to be one of the most beautiful parks in Tauranga. A hidden gem. With a stunning array of flowers blossoming during spring, Yatton Park comes alight showcasing a variety of beautiful colours. Water features, ponds and a stream adds to the already pretty park.
Within this park are BBQ's where you and the family can have a bit of fun and an awesome BBQ. There is plenty of room for the kids to run around and kick a ball.
Because of this parks location and natural beauty, it has become a popular place for people to get married.
Within Yatton Park also exists a unique collection of exotic and native tree species. Upon which both are a city and nationally significant Arboretum. Since many of the trees were planted around the same time in the same area, they have competed against each other for height over the many years rather than growing outward. So many of these trees are among the tallest of their species in the country. They were planted around 1866.
There is a 10-minute loop track through native bush at the back of the park. From the bottom of this loop, the Walkway takes you along the foreshore of the Waimapu Estuary - with extensive views across to Hairini. About 10 minutes from Yatton Park, the Esk Street Walkway runs from the foreshore parallel to Esk Street, taking you back to Fraser Street. It is then just a small walk along Fraser Street back to the entrance of Yatton Park.
Tauranga Historic Village
Go back in time with the Tauranga Historic Village The Tauranga Historic Village centres on creating an atmosphere of an old style town. With a collection of original and replica buildings of Tauranga, strolling the cobbled streets of the village allows you to experience and feel what it was like to live many years ago.
These wonderful buildings show much character and personality. Home to now 50 businesses including shops and community organizations. Visit and see the grand buildings and shop for a great selection of local art and gifts. Here you are able to find novelties that you are rarely to find elsewhere. As a lot of the products here on sale are homemade.
Around the back of the Tauranga Historic Village is also a small walk that loops around and up onto the neighboring road. Here you walk through a bit of bush land that is full of chirping birds.
There are several unique venues and rooms available for hire for meetings and functions. The grounds can also be hired for special festival events, plus much more. If you are interested in such things, don't hesitate to contact the Tauranga Historic Village.
The Tauranga Historic Village grounds are open 7 days a week. Entry is FREE.
Head out to one of Tauranga's best viewing points... The Minden Lookout Minden lookout is the ultimate. The single best vantage point to view the picturesque panoramic view of Tauranga. Overlooking Tauranga city, Mount Maunganui, the harbour, islands and far beyond. At 220m above sea level, you will be sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Compared to the other sights and views mentioned, there is no walking involved to reach this wonderfully beautiful view. A drive will take you right up Minden Rd where you will come across what is known as, "The Lookout". There are multiple parking spaces available.
The Minden Lookout structure is quite distinct and will be on the left side of the road. The lookout also has a couple of picnic tables available.
The Omokoroa-Te Puna Lions Club handed over the Minden Lookout to the Tauranga County Council on Saturday 28th October 1978 after a construction time of 21 months. The project was completed by a comparatively new club and took just under 2000 hours to construct with members committing their time on a voluntary basis.
A Harbourside Park - Kulim Park Kulim Park is located in Otumoetai, Tauranga. A beautiful park that features great scenery, a kids playground and a nice large play area with BBQs. A park that the whole family can thoroughly enjoy.
This park is a family favourite with views that look towards Mount Maunganui and over Tauranga Harbour. Picnic tables are available near BBQs and also throughout the park. There is also a petanque court, as well throughout the year various watersports events are held on site.
There is also a lovely walk that is very easy going and relaxing as you stroll along the inner edge of Tauranga Harbour. Great for morning and evening walks as well as taking the dog for a run. From Kulim Park, this walk takes you to Fergusson Park on a well-maintained footpath and sealed road.
During the summertime Kulim Park tends to get quite busy on the weekends. With a lot of families out to not only enjoy the beautiful Tauranga weather, but to also experience all this park has to offer.
Kulim Park was established in 1950 when the Bureta farm was subdivided to make room for housing, the owners decided to gift one hectare as a recreational space for children.
The cities premier park... Tauranga Memorial Park Tauranga Memorial Park is the city's premier park. Sitting next to the harbour, Memorial Park features two very popular playgrounds, a water fountain, skate ramp (half pipe), mini putt and a miniature railway plus much more.
Here you can bring the kids and have them explore the park with plenty of things to do. The playgrounds are large and feature all kinds of fun and obstacles for the kids to enjoy.
The miniature railway is also a popular feature of Memorial Park. Kids absolutely love going on this miniature train as they ride around the park, through tunnels and past the playgrounds back around to the station.
Humpty Dumpty also sits here within the park, now 50 years old, kids love to see to this just as much as anything else.
Here at Memorial Park through out the year are also a variety of events from circuses to markets and gypsy fairs. Plus much more. These events are generally quite popular and are hosted on the large field as you drive in towards the park on Devonport road.
Whether you want to get the kids out for the day or head out for a picnic with the family, Tauranga's premier park is a great place for the whole family to relax and enjoy. Enjoy Tauranga's Premier Park - Memorial Park
The jewel in the harbour... Matakana Island Nestled between Tauranga Harbour and the Pacific Ocean, Matakana Island offers a unique experience. Perfect for swimming and surfing, fishing on the beach can also prove to be a lot of fun. Guided tours here are available.
The island's long, white sandy beach is popular with surfers. Surfers can either catch a water taxi from Mount Maunganui or paddle to the island across the mouth of Tauranga Harbour. A powerful north-easterly swell on a high tide produces great sand barrels.
Matakana's surf side is a nesting site for a large number of seabirds, including the endangered New Zealand dotterel. This island can be seen from most points around the Tauranga Harbour. From Mauao to Pilot Bay and Sulphur point through to and past Otumoetai. The Tauranga Harbour provides great fishing out and around Matakana Island.
The island itself is very narrow, and spans from Mount Maunganui to Bowentown. Matakana Island is 20 kilometres (12 mi) in length but rarely more than 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) wide.
If you are looking for something different to do, this island will provide you with that experience.
Tauranga Art Gallery
Cast your eyes over the Tauranga Art Gallery Situated in the Tauranga CBD, the Tauranga Art Gallery has consistently delivered high-quality exhibitions within its contemporary gallery space. Visiting the art gallery will stimulate your imagination as you look upon a fantastic array of art such as paintings, music, literature, film, photography and sculpture.
The Tauranga Art Gallery presents historic and contemporary art, also housing a permanent collection along with frequently changing local and visiting exhibitions. If you are a keen viewer of art, the Tauranga Art Gallery will provide you with the stimulation that you wouldn't otherwise have if not for this beautiful art gallery.
As much as people can talk about art and such things, words are never enough to showcase and enlighten people on what they will experience at art galleries. Upon which visiting yourself, you are guaranteed a much more lively experience of the art gallery as a whole.
You'll find the Tauranga Art Gallery on the corner of Wharf and Willow streets in the heart of the CBD. Across the road from the Tauranga Library and information centre.
FREE admission. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Fishing In Tauranga
Places worth fishing in Tauranga Tauranga offers multiple areas for the public to freely fish. Fishing In Tauranga comes easily as there is plenty of water about. Ranging from rivers, surfcasting, fishing off the rocks or heading out to sea on the boat or simply in the harbour.
Tauranga Bridge Marina
If you love going for a fish and want to take the kids out, Tauranga Marina is a great place. Parking in the Marina car park, you can walk out onto the public fishing pontoon. Here you can walk out right along and pick a spot that is most comfortable for you.
Plummers Point Road, Whakamarmara, is a small wharf upon which you can fish. As you head down Plummers Point Road, there is a gravel track which you can drive along reaching the wharf. While not the best fishing experience, it still provides an outing. A lot of eels are caught here.
Marine Park Boat Ramp
People often come here and fish of one of the boat ramps. You can cast out into the channel and here are able to catch kahawai, yellow eyed mullet and perhaps the odd kingfish that swims through.
Sulphur Point Rocks
Down further from the Marine Park heading towards Sulphur Point, is a left turn off where you will come across a carpark area. To the right is a track you can walk along until you reach the rocks. Here you can fish off into the channel. Fish here include kahawai, snapper and kingfish.
Train Bridge Otumoetai
Fishing off the shore near the Otumoetai train bridge is a great place to cast your line. Just before high tide or as the tide is going out is best. Cast out into the channel and test your luck at trying to catch kahawai's, kingfish and snapper. You may also catch here yellow eyed mullet.
If you like and enjoy river fishing, Wairoa river is a place where you can try your luck. Park along side the river and find a posse or take a kayak and head out onto the water to see what you can catch.
Mouth Of Kopurererua Stream
At the mouth here of Kopurererua stream, you can spin out a hand-line or a small rod where you can try your luck. Here you are most likely to catch yellow eyed mullet.
Skate along to one of the Tauranga Skate Parks Tauranga Skate Parks are available throughout the city, all in different locations. Some are better than others and have more features available. And others are quite simple and feature simply a half pipe. But if you’re looking for things to do in Tauranga, you can go along and enjoy one of these.
Memorial Park features simply a half pipe. Although further along the park near the train tracks and the swimming pool, is a concrete court. Other skaters are found to be practicing here and often grind along whats around.
17th Ave hosts numerous amounts of features and is probably the most used out of all the skate parks here in Tauranga. Unless you are looking for a half pipe.
Welcome Bay and Carlton street reserve are more so a combination of 17th Ave skate park hosting there own few features. Both whom are just enjoyable. However all these skate parks are quite a fair distance apart from one another.
If you're a keen skater, and like to get out and about. Visit all skate parks and choose what one to regularly visit. And to find what is most suitable for you. If you cannot drive from one place to the other, there is always public transport available... or enjoy yourself a long skate around town. Tauranga Skate Parks and their locations: Tauranga
17th Avenue - by the Historic Village Carlton Street Reserve – Otumoetai Memorial Park - Devonport Road entrance (half pipe) Welcome Bay - next to the Welcome Bay shops
Tauranga Night Market
The best food market... The Tauranga Night Market Tauranga Night Market at Bayfair, Mount Maunganui, is Tauranga's first permanent Night Market.
This night market features up to 150 stalls, offering a huge variety of delicious foods from all over the world. One night is not enough experience all this market has to offer, with many people returning time and time again to relish the tasty foods and treats.
Although the food is the main large attraction, it is not the only thing the Tauranga Night Market has to offer. Here also, this wonderful market offers arts and crafts, jewellery, clothing, fashion accessories, technology accessories, fresh produce and much, much more. Come along more than once to truly grasp this wonderful market as a whole.
This market is an experience for the whole family to enjoy. With free entertainment, fortune tellers, foot massages and air brush tattoo's on offer, parents and kids will truly have a memorable experience.
Entry is free with lots of free car-parking on the higher levels of the car-park and/or in the outside car park.
Explore Tauranga Library
If you're looking for things to do, Tauranga Library offers wonderful opportunities. Here you are able to start a journey into a favourite hobby, study a new language, or simply find a great read.
At all libraries in Tauranga, you are required to use a library card in order to issue and take books home. Once you have a library card, you are not limited to your local library but are able to use it at Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Greerton libraries.
If at your local library you find a book that is currently at one of the other branches, you can simply hold it and it will be sent to your chosen branch for pickup. You are welcome to issue from one branch and return to another.
Community libraries offer a huge range of services including browsing and study facilities; Magazines, music and videos; local history collections with reference materials and newspapers for use in the libraries; to word processing facilities and even access to the Internet and other electronic resources.
Go in and enjoy the local libraries, spark your imagination or relax and study with piece of mind of no noisy distractions.
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Tauranga New Zealand invites you to dine, shop, discover the truly fascinating culture and history. Whether you wish you explore or not, there is always the option to simply relax on the green grass, or the beaches under clear blue skies… Tauranga New Zealand is not only waiting but very warmly welcomes you.
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