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Tauranga, a metropolitan center surrounded by a beautiful coastline. Go sailing, fishing or dolphin watching and immerse yourself in the stunning coastal environment.
Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty region and one of the fastest growing population centers in the country. Central to Auckland, Rotorua and Hamilton, and just a 15-minute drive from one of New Zealand's most popular beach towns, Mount Maunganui.
The center of Tauranga has several historically significant areas to see while taking a scenic walk through the region. The beachfront area is modern and always bustling, and is home to a variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, as well as a range of accommodation options. Across the road, at the water's edge, the tidal ladders bring the harbor literally at your feet and children can easily have fun at the local playground. Imaginations run wild as they sculpt Hairy Maclary's bronze sculptures – a storybook scene featuring the beloved characters from Tauranga's famous children's books by Dame Lynley Dodd.
The port of Tauranga is in evidence almost everywhere you go, giving the urban area an attractive seaside environment. fishing, sailing, diving and dolphin tours are easy to arrange, or check out one of the local beauty spots – McLaren Falls or Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.

economy and industry

A large part of the region's production is based on primary production and processing of fruit, meat and dairy products. Kiwi fruit is the region's largest horticultural export, with avocados becoming more important recently. The Port of Tauranga is a major economic force and one of New Zealand's main export gateways, and the region is also home to some of the world's leading boat design and construction companies. Forestry is a major employer - the region's Kaingaroa forest is the largest hand-planted forest on Earth. Your output is sent to the world from the port of Tauranga. Rotorua was an early highlight for many tourists because of its geothermal steam vents, mud pools, geysers and hot springs. Today, your feeling of being a center of Maori culture is an essential part of any tourist itinerary.



Bay of Plenty experiences hot, humid summers and mild winters. Average daily highs range from 9 to 16°C in winter to 22 to 26°C in summer, although they may be higher in coastal areas. Tauranga is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, receiving around 2,200 hours a year. In 2013, Whakatane, along the east coast, received an impressive 2,792 hours.


The spectacular coastline of Bay of Plenty offers all kinds of opportunities for swimming, surfing, boating, diving and fishing. Inland there is a wide range of activities, including wandering, rafting and kayaking, water skiing, snow skiing and hunting. If you have a more relaxed lifestyle in mind, there are bush and coastal walks, fly fishing, golf courses and wineries to enjoy. Tauranga and Rotorua are also well known for events featuring food and wine, music including an annual jazz festival, arts and culture and sporting shows. They also have thriving cafe and restaurant scenes and a diverse nightlife.

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