Top 10 things to do in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty

Whether you are looking for something a little adventurous, cultural or family-friendly, the Bay of Plenty offers plenty of things to do.

Make sure you check out these top 10 activities in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

Hike Tauranga’s iconic Mount Maunganui

It wouldn’t be a trip to Tauranga without taking on the Mount Maunganui (Mauao) walk(opens in new window). An activity to add to your list of must-dos in Tauranga, it’s the Bay of Plenty’s most iconic landmark (and one of the most Instagrammed spots in New Zealand!). Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from the top, and on a clear day, visitors can see the Coromandel peninsula in the North.

Book a marine wildlife tour

Explore Tauranga’s big blue backyard with Bay Explorer or Dolphin Seafaris. The sun-kissed coastline of the Bay of Plenty is frequented by dolphins, whales and orcas, and plenty of other sea life. Learn from passionate locals about the unique aquatic world that lies just off the coast.

 

Paddle your way around Tauranga's coastline

Book a tour or hire your own kayak and explore the coastline and inner bays of the region. KG Kayaks, East Coast Paddler, and Waimarino all offer unforgettable paddling adventures – from evening glow worm tours and SUP lessons around Mount Maunganui, to coastal adventures in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

 

Treat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, book a scenic flight with the crew at Adventure Helicopters. Let them fly you over some of the most stunning areas of the Bay of Plenty, or for something really special, book one of their food and wine or fly and drive packages.

 

Experience the most beautiful skydive in the North Island

For the ultimate thrill, book a tandem skydive with Skydive Tauranga and see the Bay like never before. Take in the views during a 20-minute scenic flight before you jump – freefalling at 200km/h from up to 15,000 feet and still taking in those epic views!

Learn to surf

With over 125km of pristine coastline and safe swimming beaches, the Bay of Plenty is undoubtedly a great place to learn to surf. Book a group or private lesson with one of the many surf schools located along the beach fronts – you’ll be catching waves in no time!

 

Discover Mataatua: the house that came home

This award-winning experience is a must-do if you’re in Whakatāne and is only an hour’s drive from Tauranga. Hear the extraordinary story of the travels of the wharenui, discover the intricately carved representations of the Ngāti Awa chiefs, and experience the legends brought to life in Hiko: Legends Carved in Light.

Get a taste of Tauranga’s craft beer

Craft beer lovers rejoice! Jump onboard the Brewbus and discover a bunch of cool, local micro-breweries throughout Tauranga. Learn about the brewing process and the stories behind the breweries while you wet your whistle with some of the best brews.

 

Explore Moutohora (Whale Island)

Home to a range of rare flora and fauna, endangered native species like the Kakariki, Kiwi and Tuatara now flourish in this protected wildlife sanctuary. You’ll also discover the Bay’s very own hot water beach. Explore Moutohorā with an experienced guide with Diveworks Charters, KG Kayaks, or Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary Tours.

 

See the best of the region by bike

Take a guided tour or hire your own e-bike and explore Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty on two wheels. Bike the Bay and Mighty Motu Bike Tours all offer fully guided tours and bike hire so the choice is yours!

 

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