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Tauranga Things to Do

  • Kayak sunset glowworm tour

    Waimarino Adventure Park and Adventure Tours were our hosts and guides for this amazing tour. There's always something satisfying and adventurous with an activity where you have input into your own enjoyment. In this case, it was kayaking, and therefore paddling oneself. In our case we had a dull rainy wet but mild evening. In many ways this added...

  • Go see the Kai Mai Mountains

    Going over the Kai Mai's at sunset is beautiful. I have done it several times and hardly anything beats the views. You can go that way to Auckland and it's quicker than going along the coast. Although the coast drive is still very pretty. Just do this drive if you know you will encounter the sunset. Enjoy!

  • Jazz Festival..best Jazz musicians

    MONTANAThe 42nd National Jazz Festival8th - 12th April 2004Bay of Plenty's beautiful seaside atmosphere!!THE BAY COURT CONCERT SERIESSpecially themed concerts with music spanning the decades from New Orleans, Chicago, and Latin America, all with a unique Antipoedean flavour. Big Bands or Bossa, be-bop pr blues...great variety.THE DOWN TOWN JAZZ...


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Tauranga Restaurants

  • Outrageous experience!

    Nautilus Restaurant was a superb experience. We found them situated right on the edge of Tauranga Harbour and their cuisine was devine. The surroundings and view of iconic Mount Maunganui were to amazing. It's definitely the best located restaurant in Tauranga. The Nautilus Scallops were seared in lemon butter, leeks, carrots, Riesling and cream....

  • French cuisine at its best

    I thought the ambience and food were the stand-out points to remember at Cafe Versailles. They actually had French people serving and that made the experience all the more enjoyable. I absolutely loved the free range pork belly. It was perfectly cooked and the best meat experience I've ever had at a restaurant.

  • Entertainment & Great Cuisine

    2007 Cafe Magazine Best Cafe Awards - Winner Bay of Plenty RegionThe food and atmosphere here are wonderful - entertainment +++ by Maurice and Henri. A truly French experience in Grey Street in Tauranga. All of them - but Steak (cooked how you like it) with a blue cheese sauce

  • Put some clothes on that Grape!

    During our trip to Tauranga, it was Sarah's birthday, so we went to a nice little restaurant which was not too crowded. In downtown Tauranga, Saturday nights are fairly crowded and so we were lucky to find the Naked Grape wine bar. Of all places, I was quite shocked that a rugby team was having a meeting, but then again it is the 2000's!The food...

  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood.

    One of the best Fish and Chips! and a fantastic place to have it as well, right on the wharf with view of the waters, boats and sea gulls.

  • No one can deny good coffee!!

    Pleasant, well laid out cafe with great healthy and filling luncheon food and coffee. Outdoor tables and chairs to enjoy the lovely sun.Nice magazines to read while you eat, and pleasant interiour surroundings make this a favourite stop on the main entry to Tauranga from Hamilton.


Tauranga Nightlife

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    Horny Bull

    by ATXtraveler Written Aug 3, 2005

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    While walking down the strand in Tauranga, we ran into this bar. We had just had a nice dinner down the road, but I am never one to shy away from a great photo opportunity.

    This bar has an interesting theme, but there was not much new here. It is just another place to not be able to talk to someone because the music is too loud, and it is too dark in there to see what you are picking up!

    Anyway, it still lead me to make a bull horn symbol and take this picture!

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Tauranga Transportation

  • Rent a Car!

    Sarah and I ventured out on our trip to enjoy Tauranga by renting a vehicle from Europcar in Auckland's CBD. It ended up saving us quite a bit of money not to rent from the airport location, because it was 10-15 NZD per day less than what we had quoted over the internet.We drove from Auckland to the Coromandel Pennisula, then down to Tauranga,...

  • Cruise ships love to come to the...

    More and more cruise ships are coming to New Zealand.This is the 'Legend of the Seas' berthed at Mount Maunganui. VT Member 'SeagoingJLW' can tell you all about this ship.

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Tauranga Shopping

  • Style and quality

    A delight to find a shop with such nice clothes, and something a little different. They stock designer labels as well as some less expensive ranges. The nice leather handbag in the photo cost $NZD200.00They stock womens clothes including accessories and some shoes. This is above average spending, but you are getting really nice and good quality...

  • Paint / Protective Coatings

    Just wanted to share this jem of a shop. I went in looking for some Resene product and soon realised they had everything from painting the outside of my house and my boat. The shop is next to the factory so everything could be done there and then for me. Colleen who works in the shop was so helpful, she knew everything there was to know about...

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Tauranga Favorites

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    by kiwi Updated Dec 31, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Tauranga Visitor Centre is well worth a visit. Situated just one block back from The Strand which is on the waterfront. Well within walking distance of downtown city.
    You will find many souvenirs, both classy and a wide variety to suit every need. As well, you can make travel bookings here with the Information Officers.
    Internet services available as well as photo download to CD facilities.
    The staff were very helpful and friendly. If you need any help the information officers are linked to the other Information Centres around the country as well as tourist operators.

    Email: trgvin@tauranga.govt.nz
    Web: www.tauranga.govt.nz
    95 Willow Street,
    Private Bag 12022,
    Tel: 07 578 8103
    Fax: 07 578 7020

    Fondest memory: VIN (Visitor Information Network) Member.

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