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NZ's best short walk, hidden gems, art, beaches, forests, markets & more!

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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 km in length. It's not uncommon to see playful seals in the shallows, and if you're really lucky - you might even spot a pod of orca enjoying Tauranga Moana!

Walk the Mauao Base Track
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Explore McLaren Falls Park

One of our favourite local gems. McLaren Falls is a popular spot for bush walks, 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 Cafe to sweeten the adventure!

Explore McLaren Falls Park
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Tauranga Art Gallery & City Art Walk

Admission to the Tauranga Art Gallery is free and for those with an artistic flair, 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 & City Art Walk
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Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park

The Pāpāmoa 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 224m-high summit and enjoy breathtaking views.

Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park
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Waihī Beach and Orokawa Bay

To experience pure paradise, follow the well-marked track over the headland at Waihi Beach to Orokawa Bay. Soak up spectacular ocean views along the 45 minute walkway and enjoy a picnic on the sand under pohutukawa 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.

Waihī Beach and Orokawa Bay
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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.

Discover Te Puna Quarry Park
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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 the New Zealand’s most remarkable and significant forests and a must-see biodiversity hotspot for nature lovers!

The untouched Whirinaki Forest
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Check out the local artisan markets

Keep an eye on local events for information about local markets. There's plenty to choose from through the winter months. The Little Big Markets are a must, featuring local arts, crafts and delicious food.

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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 rouge waves and high seas!

A walk to see the blowhole on Moturiki (Leisure) Island
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Spend an afternoon on the Tauranga Waterfront

Our waterfront has never looked better! Grab a coffee from one of the amazing cafes, 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.

Spend an afternoon on the Tauranga Waterfront