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Things to do

Things to do

Hit the beach, pick a trail, sail the ocean or conquer the skies.

Our unique coastal environment offers plenty of options for everyone to enjoy a perfect holiday break. From the beach to the mountains, urban street art to lush green parks, fine dining to outdoor food markets, you’ll create special memories here you will never forget.

Our holiday park is just a few minutes walk from cafés, restaurants, friendly resort-style shopping, and world-class, white sandy beaches. You’ll find fantastic boating, diving, fishing and surfing right on our doorstep and it’s an easy drive to all attractions in the city and the wider Bay of Plenty.

Staff picks

Ask our friendly staff at reception for their secret local tip or check out our top three tips for your holiday this autumn.

Get your Instagram fix

Street art

Tauranga is an outdoor gallery, packed with stunning murals created by well-known local and international street artists. Go for a street art walk and get your Instagram fix.

Walk the arts in Tauranga

Breath-taking coastal views

View from Papamoa Hills

The Papamoa Hills Regional Park is a hiker’s paradise. Explore the park’s cultural heritage and walk around former pa sites, climb the 224m-high summit and enjoy breath-taking views towards Mauao.

Papamoa Hills Regional Park 

Detoxify in heated salt water

Mount Maunganui Hot Pools

Soak in the heated salt water pools and experience the benefits to rebalance and detoxify your body. For all the family, right beneath the majesty of Mauao.

Mount Hot Pools

In walking distance

There is plenty to do, right on our doorstep. With some of the best natural assets you can spend hours exploring our walking tracks, beaches and parks. Mount Maunganui is a holiday paradise like no other – you can surf, swim, play golf, shop, dine or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Mauao base and summit tracks

Mauao summit track

Stroll around the base or venture to the top of our most famous landmark for breath-taking views. Mauao means ‘caught by the dawn’, so get up early and watch the sun rising over the sea.


Soak up the sun at the beach

Mount Maunganui Main Beach

Voted New Zealand’s best beach, with perfect white sand and thundering waves, you won’t find a better place to swim, surf, sunbathe and socialise. Holiday memories are made here.

Mount Maunganui Main Beach

Watch cruise ships

Cruise ship

Pilot Bay offers sheltered swimming conditions – ideal for young families and those who love water sports. A great place for a picnic, walk or to watch cruise ships come and go.

Pilot Bay

In Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty

Tauranga’s and the Bay of Plenty’s scenic location, the vast harbour and our stunning environment provide an ideal place to test your adventurous spirit. Explore the great outdoors and choose from lots of fun and exhilarating activities. What about a trip to Moutohorā/Whale Island, Rotorua’s geothermal attractions or even a tour of Waihi’s Martha Goldmine.

Explore things to do in the Bay of Plenty.

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