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Top free/cheap things to do

Top Free/Cheap things to do in Tauranga

Bay of plenty is well known for its beauty! This means if you do not have a lot of money to spend on activities, there are loads of free and cheap things to do in the area. We have made a top 10 list for you to make it easy! Please ask reception for the full list of 26 free and cheap things to do in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.

  • Hike up Mount Maunganui; this will take you about 40 minutes, depending on the amount of photo's you take along the way! 
  •  Walk around Mount Maunganui base. The 5km base track around the Mount which is quite flat and has stunning views over the little mermaid pools,  beach  and ocean!
  •  Rent FREE bikes from Harbourside City Backpackers or FREE surfboards from our sister hostel Pacific Coast Lodge to go out and explore land and sea!
  •  Have a picnic at one of the many FREE BBQ spots and kick a ball around at Memorial park.
  •  Try one of the many FREE pub quiz's at one of the pubs along The Strand. Lots of prices are up for grabs such as a $100 tap voucher at Brew Crafts  Beer pub.
  •  Check out the Tauranga Art Gallery around the corner. It is FREE entry and they change their exhibitions regularly.
  •  Have a look around at the Farmers market every Saturday morning between 7.45am and 12pm at Tauranga primary school rain or shine.
  •  Check out one of many waterfalls in the area. A great place in winter as more water creates better looking waterfalls and in summer a great place to  cool down. 
  •  If you love the outdoors, try the Waikareao Estuary 9km loop walk.
  •  Are you more into history, have a look at Elms Historic Mission Station, it's the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty. The gardens are free  to visit, a tour through the house and it's library will cost $5 per person.
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