New Zealand's best short walk, hidden gems, art, beaches, forests, markets & more!
Walk the Mauao Base Track
We guessed it! The coastal base track of Mauao is your number one must-do activity in the Bay of Plenty. A relatively easy walk, the base track is approximately 3.5 kilometres in length. It's not uncommon to see playful seals in the shallows or sunning themselves on the rocks, and if you're really lucky, you might even spot a pod of orca enjoying Tauranga Moana! And once you're done, go for a dip at the Mount Hot Pools, or grab a bite to eat and a drink at one of the many cafés and restaurants in the Mount.
Mount Hot Ocean Water Pools
The Rising Tide
Latitude 37 Restaurant - Bar
Explore McLaren Falls Park
One of our favourite local gems, McLaren Falls is a popular spot for bushwalks, picnics, fishing and kayaking. Enjoy a short, easy stroll to the picturesque waterfall and spot the glow worms on either side of the track after dark. Grab a hot chocolate at the Falls Café to sweeten the adventure!
Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour
Tauranga Art Gallery & City Art Walk
Admission to the Tauranga Art Gallery is free and for those with an artistic flair, it's well worth a visit! Most recent exhibitions include the largest Banksy collection in Australasia – a show that proved highly popular with the locals. There's plenty of street art to be admired around the city: why not spend an afternoon seeking out new murals in our city hub?
Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga
Papamoa Hills Regional Park
The Papamoa Hills Regional Park is a hiker’s paradise. Explore the park’s cultural heritage and walk around former pā sites, or challenge yourself to reach the 224-metre high summit and enjoy breathtaking views.
Waihī Beach and Orokawa Bay
To experience pure paradise, follow the well-marked track over the headland at Waihī Beach to Orokawa Bay. Soak up spectacular ocean views along the 45-minute walkway and enjoy a picnic on the sand under pōhutukawa trees when you arrive. Orokawa Bay is also a fantastic place to swim, surf and fish, making it an ideal day-trip for all ages.
Waihi Beach Heli lunch/brunch
The Village, Waihi Beach
Flatwhite Waihi Beach
Discover Te Puna Quarry Park
There is something for everyone at Te Puna Quarry Park to enjoy: picnic lawns, panoramic views, sculptures, bush walks, butterfly house, specialised gardens, and more.
Te Puna Quarry Park
The Cider Factorie
The untouched Whirinaki Forest
Towering trees, rushing rivers, diverse habitats and a fascinating past combine to create the Whirinaki Forest Park. It’s one of New Zealand’s most remarkable and significant forests and a must-see biodiversity hotspot for nature lovers!
Check out the local artisan markets
Keep an eye on local events for information about farmer's, food and craft markets. There are plenty to choose from through the winter months. The Little Big Markets are a must, featuring local arts, crafts and delicious food.
A walk to see the blowhole on Moturiki (Leisure) Island
You won’t find an island more accessible than Moturiki. It’ll take you between five and 10 minutes to reach the blowhole from Mount Maunganui’s main beach. Follow the well-marked track up the gentle slopes and scramble over the rocks at the top for the best vantage point. Just make sure you choose a spot where you’ll be safe from rogue waves and high seas!
Spend an afternoon on the Tauranga Waterfront
Our harbourfront has never looked better! Grab a coffee from one of the amazing cafés, find the secret message on the tidal steps and visit Hairy Maclary and Friends. When the water's warmer, have a go at traditional Kiwi 'bombs' from the purpose-built platform on the wharf.