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Aerial view of Mt Maunganui, North Island, New Zealand

City at a Glance

Tauranga, New Zealand
Location The northern part of the North Island of New Zealand
City type Medium
Population 140,000
Official language(s) English, Māori
Climate Maritime, temperate
Average temperatures January: 68º F, July: 51º F
Landscape Coastal, mountainous, urban
Factoid The name Tauranga is Māori for safe anchorage or resting place.

About Tauranga

Want to be immersed in one of New Zealand’s most historic destinations? Look no further than Tauranga, first settled by the indigenous Māori people in the 12th century. Once struggling for residents, this city has managed to thrive over the years, and is now home to some 140,000 people. Tauranga is refreshingly low-key—giving off vibes more reminiscent of a quaint town than a booming metropolis. With its ample array of beaches, saltwater pools, and lakes, this city is heaven for those who want to zen out in the water (you can even swim with dolphins in some parts). Seafood lovers will be delighted by the catches of the day. The mountainous landscape is ideal for hiking and reaching heights that offer 360-degree views of the shimmering bay. Though seductively tranquil and easygoing, Tauranga is more than a spot for nature lovers to kick back and relax; it’s also an ideal place to soak up aspects of New Zealand culture and history, particularly around Māori heritage. 

Where is Tauranga

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What to do in Tauranga

Marine wildlife tour: Explore the nature of Tauranga and (possibly) nab the chance to swim with dolphins. Most tour companies provide these adventures, so you shouldn’t have trouble booking one.  

Kayaking: Paddle your way along the epic shores of the Bay of Plenty. You may splish and splash your way into a mesmeric glow worm cave and go deep into the mysterious waterways of Lake McLaren.

The Elms: Devour local history at one of Tauranga’s oldest heritage sites, where early contact between Māori and Pākehā was established. This landmark shines as a focal point for Tauranga's identity, both past and present, and it boasts beautiful gardens.

Moutohorā: Explore this uninhabited island off the Bay of Plenty coastline and discover rare and endangered plants and wildlife. While you’re there, take a dip in a secluded hot water beach.

The Historic Village: Put your walking shoes on and saunter through this bustling area, where you’ll find tons of quaint boutiques, art galleries, vinyl record shops, and more. 

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