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About Tauranga

Bay of Plenty is one of New Zealand’s top holiday destinations for Kiwi's and international travellers alike. Boasting the sunniest region on the North Island, the Bay of Plenty is a great year round destination. Whether you’re after adventure, beach lifestyle, fantastic nightlife on the waterfront or a bit of indulgence, the Bay of Plenty has it all!

Hot Salt Water pools
Nestled under Mt Maunganui, this facility has long been a favourite of locals and tourists alike!
For centuries, the ocean has healed and re-energised us...As far back as 500BC, Hippocrates recognised the benefits of warmed seawater for its ability to rebalance and detoxify our bodies.
Salt water bathing was believed to improve mobility by easing muscle and joint inflammation, and general aches and pains. Today, those healing properties remain, and it's all right here beneath the majesty of Mauao, Mount Maunganui.

A fantastic Ocean beach
Catch the local bus or drive ten minutes to the best beach in New Zealand! Mount Manunganui beach has golden sand with crashing waves on one side of the harbour or head to Pilot bay for the gentle shores and shade. If you get up early you really can be the only one on the beach! Summer time is a different story and can be very busy as this is where most of New Zealanders like to holiday!

A superb shopping and Nightlife
Award winning cafes and restaurant line our beaches, harbours and city centre. Whether you are looking for a special dinner out on the town, or the iconic fish’n’chips at Bobby’s fresh fish market on the waterfront you will find it all! 'Downtown Tauranga has prime shopping and a dining hub situated right in the picturesque inner harbour. Offering an eclectic mix of retail shops, exquisite boutique fashion stores, charming gift & souvenir shops; emporiums, & everything in between.

Farmers Market
Our Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 7.45am – 12pm at the Tauranga Primary school on 5th Ave, off Cameron Road. Rain or shine! A diverse range of locals present some of the finest fresh produce, breads, pastries, cheese, smoked fish, oils, relishes, juices, plants, honey, flowers & other delicious edibles from the region!

A variety of short walks
Waikareao Estuary Is a 9km loop track ideal for walking and cycling and a short walk from the hostel.
Waikareao means “sparkling waters of the new day”.

Mauao - Mount Maunganui Mauao (meaning “caught by dawn”) is an historic reserve. It is owned by Maori and managed by Tauranga City Council. Tramp to the top or walk around the base track. There are several tracks to the summit. The summit is 232m high – it takes about 40 minutes to get to the top. The base track is 3.4m and takes about 45 minutes to walk. The view is absolutely amazing! You just need to catch a local bus over to the Mount.

Or if you prefer to head over to Mount Maunganui - stay at our sister hostel Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers, a short stroll to the beach and laid back nightlife!

For more information on any activities within Tauranga please go to Tauranga's official web site.

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