Tauranga Travel Guide

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Tauranga Things to Do

  • Historic village

    On 17th avenue, and free to get in but very dead at 430pm on a Winter SaturdayOld recreated village with old buildings and a cafe with art and craft shopsWorth stopping off for a bit and probably better when busy!

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  • 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...

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  • 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!

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Tauranga Restaurants

  • Le Petit Four Cafe & Patisserie

    What stikes you most about Le Petit Four, is the stunning array of gorgeous food on trays, in the glass cabinet. The presentation and selection reminds me of the cafes and bakeries back in France. And it is no surprise that I hear French accented women speaking in the kitchen/servery. You can sit inside or out, and even see some of the harbour,...

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  • Cafe Versailles

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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.

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  • Bobby's Fresh Fish Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bobs fresh fish market with fish and chips for $8 is legendary and very busy. We went on a monday lunchtime and had to wait 20mins but it was very very good fresh fish. Chips, whilst not on a par with the UK were some of the better I've had in nz. A must do when in tauranga.”

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  • Nautilus Restaurant

    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....

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  • The Naked Grape PERMANENTLY CLOSED

    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...

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  • Delightful French surprise

    What stikes you most about Le Petit Four, is the stunning array of gorgeous food on trays, in the glass cabinet. The presentation and selection reminds me of the cafes and bakeries back in France. And it is no surprise that I hear French accented women speaking in the kitchen/servery.You can sit inside or out, and even see some of the harbour,...

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  • Fresh fish

    Bobs fresh fish market with fish and chips for $8 is legendary and very busy. We went on a monday lunchtime and had to wait 20mins but it was very very good fresh fish. Chips, whilst not on a par with the UK were some of the better I've had in nz. A must do when in tauranga.”

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  • 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....

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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Tauranga Nightlife

  • Nice balcony overlooking harbour

    We popped in Brooklyn patio bar on the strand for beer on a hot day in their 4-6pm happy hour, at $6 a beer. A great spot with a balcony overlooking the water and a good chilled vibe.

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  • I could not miss this photo opportunity

    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...

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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,...

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  • 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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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...

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  • 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 General

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    Tauranga Visitor Centre

    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,
    Tauranga.
    Tel: 07 578 8103
    Fax: 07 578 7020



    Fondest memory: VIN (Visitor Information Network) Member.

    Information site Some of the souvenirs available
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