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Best things to do in Tauranga

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“You can walk or drive to ‘the Mount’ (Mauao) and enjoy a walk around or up, along the scenic walking tracks. Surf and harbour beaches are fun and interesting spots to relax. Fish and chips at the beach is always popular with guests.”
159 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Bayfair shopping centre has just completed major renovations with many new major brand stores to browse plus Farmers, K Mart and Countdown Supermarket.”
62 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great bar for groups of all sizes. Cool buzz once it really gets going about 10pm, lots of live music over the Christmas break.”
42 locals recommend
Pool
“Enjoy a nice soak after a walk around or up the Mount, or an evening soak before bed. ”
43 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Certainly worth the effort to climb this beauty. If you're fit then a 20 to 30 minute hike to the top...but why rush! Not good for those with knee issues as lots of stairs. A walk around the Mount is also a great experience. I prefer to go clockwise so you're facing the beach side on completion....lots of cafes along the beach front along with public toilets and water stations. An easy 45 minute amble. Just 3.5 km around the base of the Mount.”
47 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Located Cnr Wharf & Willow Streets, Tauranga. Open 10am-4.30pm daily except Christmas ”
27 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Craft beer or cider paddles. Great dumplings. A very popular bar just 5 km from your accommodation.”
37 locals recommend
Park
“McLaren Falls is 10 minutes away from Seventh Heaven. You are in for a treat with many things to do, so here we go... Marshalls Animal Park is in the park with a range of domestic and exotic animals, super for children to see. Phone 07 543 1099. Falls Cafe is located by the information centre. Phone 07 543 4976. Beautiful walking tracks and walkways so have your camera ready. Trout fishing happens all year-round in Lake McLaren and in the Ruahihi Canal. You need a fishing licence prior to visiting the park which can purchased from some sports shops or online through Fish and Game New Zealand. Licences are not available to purchase from McLaren Falls Park. Wairoa River and McLaren Falls activities On the Wairoa river near Tauranga you can enjoy kayaking, rafting, fishing, running and setting up for a picnic. White water for kayakers and rafters is regularly released from McLaren Falls dam during warm months . I have done this and strongly recommend it for adrenalin junkies!”
40 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“You can walk there! Massive chain theatre, they have four theatres and up-to-date releases.”
13 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“An alternative to climbing the Mount. An easier walk to the top with specatacular 360 degrees views both inland and up and down the coastline. About a 15 minute drive from your accommodation.”
36 locals recommend
Establishment
“Domain Road approx 7km. Two large Supermarkets (Countdown or Pak n Save), Banks and ATMs, variety store, Food Hall, tavern (Papamoa Tavern), Petrol Stations (“Z” full service) and Pak n Save (discount if you shop), plus a range of stores to meet daily needs.”
22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Find yourself set in the iconic and historic Postbank building surrounded by antique furniture and books. Post bank offers a fine dining experience with French European cuisine. ”
24 locals recommend
Plaza
“If you have kids the Hairy McLeary collection of bronze statues are situated on the strand next to the playground. Kids and adults alike love playing on these statues. ”
32 locals recommend
Establishment
“Great for breakfast but get in early for it gets too busy. Walk there and back along the beach instead of the road.”
31 locals recommend
Bar
“Good place to have a drink, get a feed and relax with the kids. Have a big outdoor space and places to play. ”
25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bar / Restaurant Sit roadside and watch the world go by. Good selection of food / platters to enjoy.”
17 locals recommend