Why Tauranga

Tauranga is New Zealand’s fifth largest city and home to an estimated 125,000 people. Our city sits right on the water’s edge and is well-known for its blue skies, warm climate, sparkling harbour and relaxed lifestyle.

This stunning coastal paradise offers plenty of options for everyone to enjoy a perfect holiday break. From the beach to the mountains, fine dining to outdoor food markets, you’ll create special memories here you will never forget. 

The city’s main hospitality area is right on the waterfront. Choose from a wide range of bars and restaurants along The Strand where fine dining and international cuisine is served alongside bar snacks and tapas platters. This is where locals come to share after-work drinks, celebrate big events and socialise with friends.

Across the road on the water’s edge, your children will have a ball on the local playground. Let their imaginations run wild as they clamber over the Hairy Maclary bronze sculptures – a story-book scene featuring the beloved characters from Tauranga author Dame Lynley Dodd’s famous children’s books. 

Tauranga’s growing arts scene is evident right across the city. You are sure to notice renowned local street artist Owen Dippie’s major works which span several stories high on the side of many buildings. Pay a visit to Tauranga’s Art Gallery to view national and international exhibitions and be charmed by Greerton’s yarn bombing craze, where giant balls of wool and knitting encase the trunks of cherry trees which line the suburban village streets.

Whether you want to dine, shop, explore the fascinating culture and history, or simply kick off your shoes and relax on the green grass under blue skies, Tauranga is waiting for you.

ACCOMMODATION

Choosing the right accommodation is an important part of any trip. Here you will find something to suit all tastes and budgets - luxury 5-star lodges, hotels, motels, serviced apartments, B&Bs, private holiday homes, family oriented holiday resorts, simple camp sites and much more.

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VEHICLE RENTAL

Grab this great rental car deal from Avis, exclusive to Tauranga International Marathon participants. Avis also reward you with Fly Buys or Airpoints Dollars and they have a zero cancellation fee policy so there’s absolutely no risk if your plans change.

FLIGHT INFO

Tauranga Airport is serviced by Air New Zealand.

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO

This stunning coastal paradise offers plenty of options for everyone to enjoy a perfect holiday break. From the beach to the mountains, fine dining to outdoor food markets, you’ll create special memories here you will never forget.

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