Cheapest car hire in Tauranga
*daily rates in Tauranga based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
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Useful things to know about Tauranga
- Tauranga was first colonised by early traders at the start of the 19th century.
- It’s the fastest growing in New Zealand with 14% growth over 5 years.
- Originally it was important for the flax that grew in abundance there.
- The city is on a major fault line and experiences tremors on a regular basis.
- It’s the antipodal twin of Jaen in Spain.
Tauranga Mini Guide
Tauranga in a Nutshell
Tauranga is a resort town on New Zealand’s North Island. It is famous for its beaches and a laid back summery feel. Luxury cruise liners often dock here at the town’s port. The town’s name comes from the Maori meaning ‘sheltered anchorage’.
How do I get to Tauranga?
You can fly into Wellington
and get a connecting flight to Tauranga Airport. From there you can hire a car or take a taxi or shuttle bus to get into the town. Intercity operates coach services throughout New Zealand and Naked Bus provides cheap bus travel on North Island. Use the Bay Hopper bus service to get around town.
What can I do in Tauranga?
Visit an active volcano at White Island or hike up Mauao mountain for spectacular coastal views. Mount Mauriganui is the place to go for surfing and diving or just relaxing on the beach. There you can also shop for surf gear and stop at one of the many coffee shops in the main street. You can take a fishing trip or dolphin watching trip from the beaches there too. If you raelly want to learn about the region from experts, book a session with Learning Journeys Ltd. as well as doing school trips, they do adult courses too where you'll learn about the history, ecology and geography of the Bay of Plenty. www.bayofplentynz.com has more details
Out and About
Drive out to Katikati and soak in the hot springs. Have a snack in one of the quirky cafes there and then take a vineyard tour. Te Puke is worth driving out to - it’s a rural town in the orchard region. If you want to head for more beaches, Papamoa Beach is 15 km south of Tauranga or if you need some peace and quiet, go to Pukehina Beach a bit further south.
Will I Like the Food?
Try the locally grown tangelos and kiwis, they are the best in the region. If you want to eat out, the best area for restaurants is ‘The Strand’ in Tauranga.
Where can I Stay?
The Cobblestone Court Motel has self contained apartments in a garden setting. All apartments have private patios and free Wi-Fi, whether it’s a studio or 3 bedroom apartment. There is an outdoor pool and barbeque area. Restaurants and cafes are a 5 minute walk away.
Latest Update from Tauranga:
- You are in prime Maori land in Tauranga and you owe it to yourself to find out more about the islands' original inhabitants. Around Tauranga there are many maraes, or Maori villages as well as Te Whetu Arataki which is as organisation that does all it can to promote the Maori culture to tourists. See www.bayofplentynz.com for more details of trips that will help you understnd the culture better.