Tauranga - Mount Mauganui and Tauranga are one of the fastest growing areas in the country, as people flock to the brilliant combination of urban living with the beachside lifestyle.
The harbour hosts many cruise ship visits each summer and is popular with windsurfers, jet skiers and all those who love water activities. The Strand waterfront area in Tauranga has a kids play area with water feature, seating areas and cultural artwork. There is even a sculpture trail of the children’s book character “Hairy MacLary” in honor of his creator – Tauranga local – Dame Lynley Dodd.
Head over the harbor bridge to Mount Maunganui, more locally known as simply ‘The Mount.’ Mount Main Beach is the perfect place for kids and adults alike. Watched over by life guards during the summer months, Main Beach is the perfect spot to relax before wandering the short distance to Mount Main street to experience the vibrant café culture, boutique shopping and beachfront parks or reserves.
You can’t take a trip to The Mount without taking advantage of its no 1 natural attraction – Mauao. Climb Mauao for amazing views. It takes 30 mins! Well worth the walk once you get up there – see who is faster, you or the kids!
Situated at the base of Mauao are the Mt Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools, the country’s only geothermally-heated hot salt water pools. Discover Te Puke. The region is also home to Experience Comvita where you can marvel at the role of the honey bee and nature, before shopping for internationally exported Comvita skin care and wellness products. Get educational with 3Dinteractive experiences, highlighting the abundance of the land. Informative and fun for not just the parents but the kids!
Katikati is known as ‘mural town.’ Check out the 47 murals and sculptures that you can see along the main street, turning this quiet little town into a permanent open air art gallery! Visit Katikati Bird Gardens for a fun, relaxing day out that the whole family will love. Enjoy lunch on the café terrace while the kids hand-feed the friendly ducks and peacocks. Located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand and situated beside the magnificent Mauao. Mauao is an extinct volcanic cone which rises above the town, but is colloquially known in New Zealand simply as ‘The Mount.’