Explore tiny little Moturiki
(Leisure) Island – just a short walk along Mt Maunganui beach and easily reached on foot at low tide. Look out for the blow hole at the seaward end – it’s a spectacular sight, especially when it’s rough.
Climb to the top of Mount Maunganui (Mauao), known locally as The Mount, bring your camera to snap fabulous views over Tauranga Harbour. Mauao is an old pa site and you can stll see the remains of this historic site. Or walk around the 3.4km base track – look out for seals on the rocks and Orca in the ocean.
Pack your togs and a picnic, take along your boogie board and spend a day at the beach.
Take a surf down memory lane and check out old classics at the Mount Maunganui Surf Museum – awesome long boards, famous collectables, classic photos and lots of surf memorabilia.
Get cultural at the Tauranga Art Gallery, featuring the best touring exhibitions as well as local projects. Walk the Whakatane Heritage Trail, which stops by some of the town’s best known landmarks, including the statue of Wairaka (the woman on the rock) and Muriwai’s Cave. Pick up a map from the Whakatane Visitor Centre on The Strand.
Explore a giant adventure park with purpose built trails for motorcycles, mountain bikes or horses at the TECT All Terrain Park.
Immerse yourself in forest and farmland at Papamoa Hills Regional Park. It offers outstanding views over the Bay of Plenty coastline from its summit 224m above sea level. The 135 ha property is rich in Maori history and ancestral association. There are several tracks through the park which can be used to enjoy the views and explore the numerous archaeological features, including seven pa sites.