Facts The Bay of Plenty is one of the most significantly historic areas of New Zealand and it was here that three of the seven original migrating waka made their first landing in New Zealand. Named by Captain James Cook over 400 years later, the Bay of Plenty still lives up to its name, with scenery and a lifestyle which attracts visitors from all over the world. The Bay is a perfect place for a family holiday with its mild climate and beautiful beaches.
Tauranga Tauranga is the largest town in the Bay of Plenty. The waterfront area has restaurants, water features and a children’s play area. There is a good variety of cafes and restaurants in the town and lots of places to picnic, like the unique Tauranga’s Cascade Fountain Gardens. Tauranga is the department point for several dolphin encounters while for those after a bit more excitement, just ten minutes away from the city is Waimarino adventure park.
Mount Maunganui Mount Maunganui or ‘The Mount’, is known as the surf capital of New Zealand but its white sandy beach and safe sheltered harbour is also a popular destination for families. The Mount is a good base for visiting Moturiki Island, a tiny island great for walks but also know for its geyser-like displays. Mount Maunganui hosts a variety of events during the summer months with activities for the whole family.
Waihi Beach Just on the boundary of the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel, Waihi Beach is well known for its nine kilometres of beautiful white sand and is one of the safest beaches in New Zealand. As well as the beach, activities such as bush walks, fishing, boogie boarding and kayaking are all waiting to be tried out by the visitor. At the southern end of Waihi Beach, Bowentown which looks out onto Tauranga Harbour, also offers a safe beach for children as well as attractive parks.
Katikati is best known for its art, and 40 murals decorate the walls of businesses throughout the town. Katikati’s soil and climate are ideal for growing kiwifruit, and Kiwi360, south of Katikati in Te Puke, is a great place to learn all about this iconic fruit. The privately owned Katikati Bird Gardens with its secret paths and lily ponds, features a wide range of colourful and native birds and Katikati has its own museum for those interested in the heritage of the region.
Whakatane Located 90 kilometres from Tauranga, this attractive coastal town is located on the Whakatane River. Over the hill from Whakatane is Ohope Beach, with its 11 kilometres of sand and its safe waters making it a popular beach with holidaymakers. Activities in the area include a huge pictorial maze, watersports and scenic walks.
TAURANGA FAMILY ACCOMMODATION We've researched dozens of accommodation options for your family travel to New Zealand. Whether you're heading for a hotel, campground, holiday park, motel, holiday home, self catering apartments or kiwi farmstay, we list options that welcome famiiles. Check out our great 'family stuff' pages for heaps of extras offered by the accommodation on these pages. NOTE Where nightly rates have been specified, these are minimum prices based on accommodation for 2 adults plus one extra. Prices do vary, depending on the time of year, length of stay and seasonal offers. This is a guide only. All establishments recommend booking ahead. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up to date information to suit the accommodation needs of your family.
Tauranga Holiday Parks and Campgrounds
Tauranga Holiday Homes
Tauranga Bed and Breakfasts
- 217 Stanley Road, Te Aroha, Thames Valley
- +64 7 884 9567
- +64 7 884 9567
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Te Aroha is a pretty rural town that makes a great base for exploring the Waikato area, Coromandel and Tauranga, all within an hour's drive! The Holiday Park was established from a 100 year old homestead with stately oak trees providing plenty of shade. Accommodation includes powered camp sites, comfy wooden cabins and fully serviced family cottages sleeping up to six people. All cabins and cottages have a television and some cooking facilities. We have a 16m long swimming pool, allowing diving at the deep end as well as a safe and shallow toddlers' pool. We also have a pure mineral water hot tub, set in the rocks, with seating for 6 and open all season. The children's play area incorporates tree swings and a trampoline. For rainy days, there is a family room which has toys and books. Older kids can pick up our free of charge wireless signal from most places to keep them entertained. ... more