Whether coming off a cruise ship for a short time or have a spare few days in an otherwise hectic itinerary, the surrounds of Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region are bound to keep you busy. Tauranga, being the fifth largest city in New Zealand is sure to whet the appetite of all travellers. But what lies outside?
Tauranga is surrounded by pristine beaches on one side and vast horticultural lands on the other. A quick day trip to the outskirts reveal unparalleled beauty with scenery ranging from natural bush, lakes and mountains. The following places should not be missed if given the opportunity in the Bay of Plenty:
Mount Maunganui is a holiday mecca with surfing, swimming, golf and dining on your doorstep. Located on a peninsula to the North-East of Tauranga. Here you can find Mauao or ‘The Mount’ known to the locals. A quick trek to the summit and you can enjoy 360° views of the Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Harbour.
Te Puke is a small town 28km South-East of Tauranga. The main source of income is from agriculture. It is famous for the cultivation of kiwifruit and home to Kiwifruit Country Tours, a horticultural theme park that takes you through the orchards. The rise of honey bee production and Manuka honey has resulted in a surge in tourism offerings in the area. Check out Comvita and learn about the beneficial properties of Manuka and the products on offer.
The geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua is 60km South of Tauranga. This volcanic plateau is abundant with erupting geysers, bubbling hot mud baths and steaming craters. Often described as the hinterland of Maori culture, take the opportunity to enjoy a cultural experience or a traditional cooked meal – Hangi.
Wicked Wanders has a wide selection of tours on offer that take in all these beautiful places. They can help recommend and create an experience to meet your needs and interests. If you are looking for worry free leisure time whether it be for a tour, an event, shopping, guided walks or private hire give Wicked Wanders a call.
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