A small city in northeastern New Zealand, Tauranga is known for its sunny weather, beautiful landscapes, and proximity to other top sights on the North Island. Whether you’re into adventure activities and the great outdoors, or you prefer more chilled-out pursuits, there’s plenty to keep you entertained for two days in Tauranga.
Start the day with a moderate hike up Mount Maunganui, the small mountain at one end of Tauranga. At the top, savor the sweeping views of the city and ocean.
Spend the afternoon on the water, on a dolphin-watching cruise. Or, hop on a ferry to Matakana Island. An ideal place for a restorative few hours, this island northwest of Tauranga has a long beach, powerful surf, and lots of birdlife.
Relax after a day of sun, sea, and fresh air with dinner and drinks by the water. New Zealand is renowned for its fresh seafood and fine wines, and Tauranga has plenty. Head to the central city or the suburb of Mount Maunganui.
Tauranga is conveniently located on the North Island near many other popular attractions. Foodies looking for a laid-back day might opt for a craft beer or wine tour of Tauranga and surrounding areas. If you’re seeking more of an adrenaline rush, head out on a kayaking or white-water rafting trip on the Kaituna River or Wairoa River—both known for their thrills.
Few experiences are more Kiwi than eating fish and chips on the beach. Grab a packet of your favorite fried treats—try a paua or pipi fritter for a real taste of New Zealand—and find a spot on a Tauranga or Mount Maunganui beach in time for sunset. Just beware of the seagulls!