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Tauranga Food Scene
TAURANGA RESTAURANTS Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market on The Strand is renowned for its fresh fish and seafood and its fish’n chips, so pop down and grab a traditional kiwi meal. Other options for dining on or around The Strand that we recommend are; (all menus/locations can be found online) Harbourside - seaside dining Halo Restaurant at Trinity Wharf Tauranga - seaside dining Macau Bar Kitchen & Lounge Takara Japanese Restaurant Momo Teppan-Yaki Thai Thani 2 Talk of India The Phoenix Brooklyn Barrio Brothers CBK Craft Bar & Kitchen Tauranga If you want to stay close to home and grab some takeout, over the road they have a variety of fast food outlets and cafes, and we recommend the Indian takeaways on Cameron Road, just across the road from the supermarket. Looking for great coffee in the morning head to Columbus Coffee in the shopping centre.
The Strand has some of the best range of eateries in Tauranga. Whatever you tastebuds desire there are many amazing restaurants to choose from.
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The Strand
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The Strand has some of the best range of eateries in Tauranga. Whatever you tastebuds desire there are many amazing restaurants to choose from.
Parks & Nature
Memorial Park is nice to take an evening stroll or picnic during the day located in the centre of town. https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/exploring/parks-and-reserves/parks/memorial-park
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Memorial Park
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Memorial Park is nice to take an evening stroll or picnic during the day located in the centre of town. https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/exploring/parks-and-reserves/parks/memorial-park
Kopurererua Valley Reserve is 12 km of walkways and cycleways located just 1.5km from the house. The trail begins at the end of 17th Avenue and loops back around. Kopurererua Valley was for many years inhabited by the people of Ngai Tamarawaho. Remains of pa and other archaeological sites are located throughout the valley. During the mid-1800s it was the staging point and retreat path of two significant battles between Maori and British Colonial forces.
Kopurererua Valley Trail
Kopurererua Valley Reserve is 12 km of walkways and cycleways located just 1.5km from the house. The trail begins at the end of 17th Avenue and loops back around. Kopurererua Valley was for many years inhabited by the people of Ngai Tamarawaho. Remains of pa and other archaeological sites are located throughout the valley. During the mid-1800s it was the staging point and retreat path of two significant battles between Maori and British Colonial forces.
MCLAREN FALLS PARK McLaren Falls Park is 190 hectares of parkland set alongside Lake McLaren and is just 10 minutes by car, from Tauranga. The park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, disc golf course, wedding photos, picnics, bush walks and summertime concerts. It is also home to one of the best botanical collections of trees in New Zealand. One of the highlights of the park is the waterfall track where you can see glow worms after dusk. Enjoy a short, easy stroll to the picturesque waterfall and spot the glow worms on either side of the track. Part of the waterfall track is also wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly. https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/exploring/parks-and-reserves/parks/mclaren-falls
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McLaren Falls
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MCLAREN FALLS PARK McLaren Falls Park is 190 hectares of parkland set alongside Lake McLaren and is just 10 minutes by car, from Tauranga. The park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, disc golf course, wedding photos, picnics, bush walks and summertime concerts. It is also home to one of the best botanical collections of trees in New Zealand. One of the highlights of the park is the waterfall track where you can see glow worms after dusk. Enjoy a short, easy stroll to the picturesque waterfall and spot the glow worms on either side of the track. Part of the waterfall track is also wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly. https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/exploring/parks-and-reserves/parks/mclaren-falls
YATTON PARK Yatton park is a 1.5km walk to a unique collection of exotic and native tree species is both a locally and nationally significant arboretum. Since many of the Yatton park trees were planted around the same time in the same area, they have competed against each other for height rather than growing outwards, so many of the trees are among the tallest of their species in the country. They were planted around 1866. Follow the track and you can walk alongside the waters edge back onto Fraser Street after completing the walk in the park. www.tauranga.govt.nz/exploring/parks-and-reserves/parks/yatton-park
Yatton Park
YATTON PARK Yatton park is a 1.5km walk to a unique collection of exotic and native tree species is both a locally and nationally significant arboretum. Since many of the Yatton park trees were planted around the same time in the same area, they have competed against each other for height rather than growing outwards, so many of the trees are among the tallest of their species in the country. They were planted around 1866. Follow the track and you can walk alongside the waters edge back onto Fraser Street after completing the walk in the park. www.tauranga.govt.nz/exploring/parks-and-reserves/parks/yatton-park
GATE PA HISTORIC RESERVE The Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina), fought near Tauranga on 29 April 1864, was notable for the ferocity of the fighting, the repulse of the British forces, and an act of chivalry by one of the defenders, Hēni Te Kiri Karamū, who at some risk to her own life gave water to a dying British officer and other wounded men. There are several memorials to the participants in Mission Cemetery in Marsh St, Tauranga near The Elms. These include the Tauranga 1st Waikato Militia NZ Wars memorial, Tauranga 43rd Regiment NZ Wars memorial, Tauranga Naval NZ Wars memorial, individual memorials to Hōri Ngātai and Rāwiri Puhirake, and the Tauranga Māori NZ Wars memorial. The Battle Site is just a 10 minute walk from the house along Cameron Road. See more; https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/gate-pa-memorial-reserve
Gate Pa Historic Reserve
GATE PA HISTORIC RESERVE The Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina), fought near Tauranga on 29 April 1864, was notable for the ferocity of the fighting, the repulse of the British forces, and an act of chivalry by one of the defenders, Hēni Te Kiri Karamū, who at some risk to her own life gave water to a dying British officer and other wounded men. There are several memorials to the participants in Mission Cemetery in Marsh St, Tauranga near The Elms. These include the Tauranga 1st Waikato Militia NZ Wars memorial, Tauranga 43rd Regiment NZ Wars memorial, Tauranga Naval NZ Wars memorial, individual memorials to Hōri Ngātai and Rāwiri Puhirake, and the Tauranga Māori NZ Wars memorial. The Battle Site is just a 10 minute walk from the house along Cameron Road. See more; https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/gate-pa-memorial-reserve
WAIHI BEACH Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty. It lies 10 kilometres to the east of the town of Waihi, at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula. The main beach itself extends to approximately 9km of inviting sand and surf, Waihi Beach is on one of New Zealand's safest surf beaches and home to a bustling and friendly beachside community. More info; http://www.waihibeachinfo.co.nz/ PLEASE NOTE: As with Mount Manganui & Papamoa the safest option is alway to swim between the flags at Waihi Beach!
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Waihi Beach
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WAIHI BEACH Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty. It lies 10 kilometres to the east of the town of Waihi, at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula. The main beach itself extends to approximately 9km of inviting sand and surf, Waihi Beach is on one of New Zealand's safest surf beaches and home to a bustling and friendly beachside community. More info; http://www.waihibeachinfo.co.nz/ PLEASE NOTE: As with Mount Manganui & Papamoa the safest option is alway to swim between the flags at Waihi Beach!
The Windows Walkway would have to rate as one of the most stunning in the area with windows blasted through the gold mining tunnels providing stunning views into the Waitewheta river. The Karangahake Gorge is a major highlight for the Hauraki Rail Trail, which can be accessed from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, or Te Aroha. see more; https://www.thecoromandel.com/activities/must-do/karangahake-gorge/ Bistro at The Falls Retreat is a great place for lunch or dinner making for a wonderful day out. Learn more; https://www.thecoromandel.com/explore/falls-retreat
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Karangahake gorge
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The Windows Walkway would have to rate as one of the most stunning in the area with windows blasted through the gold mining tunnels providing stunning views into the Waitewheta river. The Karangahake Gorge is a major highlight for the Hauraki Rail Trail, which can be accessed from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, or Te Aroha. see more; https://www.thecoromandel.com/activities/must-do/karangahake-gorge/ Bistro at The Falls Retreat is a great place for lunch or dinner making for a wonderful day out. Learn more; https://www.thecoromandel.com/explore/falls-retreat
There are ponds, tree ferns, cymbidium orchids by the thousand, native tree plantings and exotics such as vireya rhododendrons – a wild garden rich in spectacular contrasts. Special garden areas include irises, cacti and succulents, an Australian area, a native Arboretum, a Bonsai corner, a South African area and a Palm Grove. We now have a butterfly garden where monarchs and admirals happily fly free. Why not visit us sometime! If you do, you will be sure to return one day! Open all day, everyday FREE Admission but your donations are welcome and needed.
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Te Puna Quarry Park
108 Te Puna Quarry Rd
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There are ponds, tree ferns, cymbidium orchids by the thousand, native tree plantings and exotics such as vireya rhododendrons – a wild garden rich in spectacular contrasts. Special garden areas include irises, cacti and succulents, an Australian area, a native Arboretum, a Bonsai corner, a South African area and a Palm Grove. We now have a butterfly garden where monarchs and admirals happily fly free. Why not visit us sometime! If you do, you will be sure to return one day! Open all day, everyday FREE Admission but your donations are welcome and needed.
Kaiate Falls (also known as Te Rerekawau Falls) is a 30 minute drive from Tauranga. The walking tracks are well formed, although quite steep in some places. The main track leads to the top, and then to the base of the upper series of falls before continuing downhill to the lower falls. Another track, just below the car park, follows the stream back to the road bridge. Track junctions are well sign-posted. Kaiate Falls is a a beautiful spot to cool down on those hot summer days, or even after extensive rainfall across the region the falls come alive and a spectacle to behold. An ideal setting for explorers young and old.
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Kaiate Falls
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Kaiate Falls (also known as Te Rerekawau Falls) is a 30 minute drive from Tauranga. The walking tracks are well formed, although quite steep in some places. The main track leads to the top, and then to the base of the upper series of falls before continuing downhill to the lower falls. Another track, just below the car park, follows the stream back to the road bridge. Track junctions are well sign-posted. Kaiate Falls is a a beautiful spot to cool down on those hot summer days, or even after extensive rainfall across the region the falls come alive and a spectacle to behold. An ideal setting for explorers young and old.
Sightseeing
A must see It was named for a former Mayor and is adjacent to the Historic Monmouth Redoubt and the new police station, site of the first armed constabulary. Within Robbins Park are memorial trees, the tropical display house with begonias and orchids, and a 28-bed rose garden which has recently been nominated as one of the best in NZ by Dr Sam McGredy IV. An Ivy Collonade in the renaissance Italian style frames the gardens, and a noted camellia shrub is planted nearby in honour of Kate Sheppard, who first introduced voting for women in New Zealand. Park entry is free and the tropical display house is open every day during daylight hours.
Robbins Park
A must see It was named for a former Mayor and is adjacent to the Historic Monmouth Redoubt and the new police station, site of the first armed constabulary. Within Robbins Park are memorial trees, the tropical display house with begonias and orchids, and a 28-bed rose garden which has recently been nominated as one of the best in NZ by Dr Sam McGredy IV. An Ivy Collonade in the renaissance Italian style frames the gardens, and a noted camellia shrub is planted nearby in honour of Kate Sheppard, who first introduced voting for women in New Zealand. Park entry is free and the tropical display house is open every day during daylight hours.
THE ELMS HISTORICAL SITE The Elms is one of the Bay of Plenty’s oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Encompassing category one listed heritage buildings and nationally significant collections – all set within a diverse and tranquil garden setting – this one hectare property is a must-see destination for visitors to the region. The Elms is owned and operated by The Elms Foundation, a registered charitable trust dedicated to the preservation and promotion of this historic site. The Elms engages the community in a range of onsite activities including: Guided tours through the mission house and library – both registered as Category 1 by Heritage New Zealand. Garden tours with a focus on the heritage trees and native specimens found on the one hectare site See their website for further details and pricing. www.theelms.org.nz
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The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga
15 Mission St
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THE ELMS HISTORICAL SITE The Elms is one of the Bay of Plenty’s oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Encompassing category one listed heritage buildings and nationally significant collections – all set within a diverse and tranquil garden setting – this one hectare property is a must-see destination for visitors to the region. The Elms is owned and operated by The Elms Foundation, a registered charitable trust dedicated to the preservation and promotion of this historic site. The Elms engages the community in a range of onsite activities including: Guided tours through the mission house and library – both registered as Category 1 by Heritage New Zealand. Garden tours with a focus on the heritage trees and native specimens found on the one hectare site See their website for further details and pricing. www.theelms.org.nz
HISTORIC VILLAGE Just a short walk from the house on 17th Avenue you will find an amazing collection of original and replica buildings from early Tauranga, nestled in amongst gorgeous gardens and natural bush surrounds. Whether you want to buy art, attend a workshop, see a movie, get a haircut, get in some retail therapy from one of our boutique shops, you need to experience what is on offer at one of Tauranga’s best kept secrets. The Historic Village grounds are open seven days a week and entry is free. Shops and community organisations have individual opening hours available on their Facebook or websites.
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The Historic Village
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HISTORIC VILLAGE Just a short walk from the house on 17th Avenue you will find an amazing collection of original and replica buildings from early Tauranga, nestled in amongst gorgeous gardens and natural bush surrounds. Whether you want to buy art, attend a workshop, see a movie, get a haircut, get in some retail therapy from one of our boutique shops, you need to experience what is on offer at one of Tauranga’s best kept secrets. The Historic Village grounds are open seven days a week and entry is free. Shops and community organisations have individual opening hours available on their Facebook or websites.
MOUNT MANGANUI We are blessed to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the Bay of Plenty. Mount Manganui rated number 1 best beach in NZ again in 2019. The drive is 12.8km taking about 22 minutes, there are bus services that can take you there, please check online for the bus routes and times. There is and app which you can download by searching for Baybus. (www.baybus.co.nz) This will give you up-to-date schedules and track when your bus will arrive. The bus stop is just around the corner on Cameron Road. There is also a stop at the bottom of the hill on Fraser Street. Either will take you into the CBD. In Mount Manganui there are many places to visit and lots of wonderful cafes located in the township and along Marine Parade. Take a walk around Pilot Bay on the harbour front, and head up The Mount summit track (Maori name Mauao) where you will find the most spectacular views of Mount Manganui, Moturiki (Leisure Island), Mayor Island, Motiti, Island and Matakana Island which goes all the way to Bowentown in Waihi. the walk up takes approximately 45 minute and it is popular amongst tourists to watch the spectacular sunrise or sunsets. There are kayaks, paddle-boards and jet-skis available for hire if you want to head to Matakana Island. Hire facilities are located at Pilot Bay or head to the Information Centre at 137 Mount Manganui Road for tour options. Surfboards can be hired too, alot of companies set up on the main beach along PLEASE NOTE: Our beaches are patrolled by lIfe guards from October till April so please swim between the flags. There tends to be alot of rips in our oceans so swimming between the flags is the safest option. Check out Surf Life Saving NZ’s web page (www.surflifesaving.org.nz) for the latest news and information about what to do if caught in a rip or beach conditions around the country. The Mount Hot pools (www.mounthotpools.co.nz) are saltwater pools offering extras like private pools and if you feel like a massage they have this service available too. Check out there website for prices and opening times. The Mount Mainstreet shopping centre is a hub of activity offering great shopping, cafes and bars. It is a popular nightlife spot. We recommend the PostBank restaurant and bar (please book ahead it gets very busy) but there are many other options available for dining out. Additional information about The Mount can be found on; www.bayofplentynz.com/things-to-do/on-the-water/beaches/mt-maunganui-main-beach-15043200
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Mount Maunganui
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MOUNT MANGANUI We are blessed to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the Bay of Plenty. Mount Manganui rated number 1 best beach in NZ again in 2019. The drive is 12.8km taking about 22 minutes, there are bus services that can take you there, please check online for the bus routes and times. There is and app which you can download by searching for Baybus. (www.baybus.co.nz) This will give you up-to-date schedules and track when your bus will arrive. The bus stop is just around the corner on Cameron Road. There is also a stop at the bottom of the hill on Fraser Street. Either will take you into the CBD. In Mount Manganui there are many places to visit and lots of wonderful cafes located in the township and along Marine Parade. Take a walk around Pilot Bay on the harbour front, and head up The Mount summit track (Maori name Mauao) where you will find the most spectacular views of Mount Manganui, Moturiki (Leisure Island), Mayor Island, Motiti, Island and Matakana Island which goes all the way to Bowentown in Waihi. the walk up takes approximately 45 minute and it is popular amongst tourists to watch the spectacular sunrise or sunsets. There are kayaks, paddle-boards and jet-skis available for hire if you want to head to Matakana Island. Hire facilities are located at Pilot Bay or head to the Information Centre at 137 Mount Manganui Road for tour options. Surfboards can be hired too, alot of companies set up on the main beach along PLEASE NOTE: Our beaches are patrolled by lIfe guards from October till April so please swim between the flags. There tends to be alot of rips in our oceans so swimming between the flags is the safest option. Check out Surf Life Saving NZ’s web page (www.surflifesaving.org.nz) for the latest news and information about what to do if caught in a rip or beach conditions around the country. The Mount Hot pools (www.mounthotpools.co.nz) are saltwater pools offering extras like private pools and if you feel like a massage they have this service available too. Check out there website for prices and opening times. The Mount Mainstreet shopping centre is a hub of activity offering great shopping, cafes and bars. It is a popular nightlife spot. We recommend the PostBank restaurant and bar (please book ahead it gets very busy) but there are many other options available for dining out. Additional information about The Mount can be found on; www.bayofplentynz.com/things-to-do/on-the-water/beaches/mt-maunganui-main-beach-15043200
PAPAMOA Papamoa is another popular beach and is 16km long. It runs along the same coast line as Mount Manganui. It is a quieter beach than The Mount and very popular during the summer months. In the summer months on a Thursday evening they hold Dinner in the Domain in the Papamoa Reserve. Its full of food options and live entertainment. The drive is 18.5km taking around 21 minutes to get there. Papamoa had a cute shopping centre and a nice restaurant BLUEBIYOU on the beachfront.
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Papamoa Beach
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PAPAMOA Papamoa is another popular beach and is 16km long. It runs along the same coast line as Mount Manganui. It is a quieter beach than The Mount and very popular during the summer months. In the summer months on a Thursday evening they hold Dinner in the Domain in the Papamoa Reserve. Its full of food options and live entertainment. The drive is 18.5km taking around 21 minutes to get there. Papamoa had a cute shopping centre and a nice restaurant BLUEBIYOU on the beachfront.
TIRAU Tirau is a 47 minute drive from the house and a vibrant and busy little town set amongst some of New Zealand’s most fertile farmland. Famously dubbed the ‘Corrugated Capital of the World’, visitors should expect a large variety of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Tirau has more than its fair share of must-see tourist attractions, including the breathtaking Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring. Learn more; https://tirauinfo.co.nz/
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Tirau
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TIRAU Tirau is a 47 minute drive from the house and a vibrant and busy little town set amongst some of New Zealand’s most fertile farmland. Famously dubbed the ‘Corrugated Capital of the World’, visitors should expect a large variety of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Tirau has more than its fair share of must-see tourist attractions, including the breathtaking Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring. Learn more; https://tirauinfo.co.nz/
Waihi township New Zealand's 'Heart of Gold', with a gold mining history spanning three centuries and a local open-pit mine that is still fully operational. The Ohinemuri River flows through Waihi on its way to the ‘must-do’ Karangahake Gorge. Voted as one of the 101 Must Do’s. Few will have ventured into the walkways, old tunnels, discovered the rich history hidden in the gorge and cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail. Not only is this one of the most stunning stretches of river in the country it was home to one of the busiest and most lucrative gold strikes in the country.
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Waihi
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Waihi township New Zealand's 'Heart of Gold', with a gold mining history spanning three centuries and a local open-pit mine that is still fully operational. The Ohinemuri River flows through Waihi on its way to the ‘must-do’ Karangahake Gorge. Voted as one of the 101 Must Do’s. Few will have ventured into the walkways, old tunnels, discovered the rich history hidden in the gorge and cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail. Not only is this one of the most stunning stretches of river in the country it was home to one of the busiest and most lucrative gold strikes in the country.
WHANGAMATA BEACH This is one of my favourite beaches having lived there for 5 years. Only a 1.5 hour drive to a pristine beach located on the beautiful Coromandel coastline. Voted best beach in New Zealand 2018 its famous for its unique combination of beach and rainforest. Whangamata’s amazing ocean beach provides some of the best surfing breaks, yet safest swimming in the country. The Coromandel Forest Park bordering the town provides many outdoor experiences, including short walks, mountain bike trails and old gold mining sites. The town also has one of the best shopping centres in the region. A number of the houses in the area are holiday homes - providing weekend refuge and the classic kiwi beach holiday. Whangamata is also home of the Beach Hop, a five day celebration of '50s and '60s culture. Fabulous golden and white sand beaches with magnificent coastal scenery, a rugged forest-cloaked interior waiting to be explored and one of New Zealand's best surfing breaks are just some of the natural attractions that have people returning to Whangamata time after time. Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary (Donut Island, Whangamata) Whangamata is home to one of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal attractions. For a long time Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, (often referred to as Donut Island), was a local secret. This has changed in recent years as this pacific treasure is quickly becoming a ‘must do’ New Zealand adventure. Guardians of the islands and Whangamata locals encourage you to treat the islands with respect to preserve their future. Find out more; https://www.thecoromandel.com/towns/whangamata/ PLEASE NOTE: As with Mount Manganui & Papamoa the safest option is alway to swim between the flags!
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Whangamata
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WHANGAMATA BEACH This is one of my favourite beaches having lived there for 5 years. Only a 1.5 hour drive to a pristine beach located on the beautiful Coromandel coastline. Voted best beach in New Zealand 2018 its famous for its unique combination of beach and rainforest. Whangamata’s amazing ocean beach provides some of the best surfing breaks, yet safest swimming in the country. The Coromandel Forest Park bordering the town provides many outdoor experiences, including short walks, mountain bike trails and old gold mining sites. The town also has one of the best shopping centres in the region. A number of the houses in the area are holiday homes - providing weekend refuge and the classic kiwi beach holiday. Whangamata is also home of the Beach Hop, a five day celebration of '50s and '60s culture. Fabulous golden and white sand beaches with magnificent coastal scenery, a rugged forest-cloaked interior waiting to be explored and one of New Zealand's best surfing breaks are just some of the natural attractions that have people returning to Whangamata time after time. Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary (Donut Island, Whangamata) Whangamata is home to one of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal attractions. For a long time Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, (often referred to as Donut Island), was a local secret. This has changed in recent years as this pacific treasure is quickly becoming a ‘must do’ New Zealand adventure. Guardians of the islands and Whangamata locals encourage you to treat the islands with respect to preserve their future. Find out more; https://www.thecoromandel.com/towns/whangamata/ PLEASE NOTE: As with Mount Manganui & Papamoa the safest option is alway to swim between the flags!
OPOUTERE BEACH Opoutere beach is located 15 minutes from Whangamata. This relaxed coastal hideaway is a haven for exploring beautiful forest, beach and harbour - or just chilling out. Meander through ancient Pohutukawas to the summit, watch the sunrise or gaze at more stars than you have ever seen before and enjoy nature at its best with over 5km of unspoilt white sand, rolling surf and tranquil waters of the Wharekawa Harbour. PLEASE NOTE: Opoutere beach is NOT patrolled by lifeguards so please be careful where you are swimming. This beach is a local favourite so if you are wanting a quiet day out where the beaches are quiet this is the place for you. Please note there are no food stores in Opoutere so purchase your food in Whangamata before heading out. Find out more; https://www.thecoromandel.com/explore/opoutere-beach
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Opoutere
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OPOUTERE BEACH Opoutere beach is located 15 minutes from Whangamata. This relaxed coastal hideaway is a haven for exploring beautiful forest, beach and harbour - or just chilling out. Meander through ancient Pohutukawas to the summit, watch the sunrise or gaze at more stars than you have ever seen before and enjoy nature at its best with over 5km of unspoilt white sand, rolling surf and tranquil waters of the Wharekawa Harbour. PLEASE NOTE: Opoutere beach is NOT patrolled by lifeguards so please be careful where you are swimming. This beach is a local favourite so if you are wanting a quiet day out where the beaches are quiet this is the place for you. Please note there are no food stores in Opoutere so purchase your food in Whangamata before heading out. Find out more; https://www.thecoromandel.com/explore/opoutere-beach
Entertainment & Activities
The Classic Flyers Museum is an aviation museum located at the Tauranga Airport, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, owned by a registered New Zealand charitable trust, the Bay of Plenty Classic Aircraft Trust. They have a great cafe' there too.
Classic flyers Tauranga
8 Jean Batten Dr
The Classic Flyers Museum is an aviation museum located at the Tauranga Airport, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, owned by a registered New Zealand charitable trust, the Bay of Plenty Classic Aircraft Trust. They have a great cafe' there too.
MATAMATA - HOBBITON In the heart of New Zealand, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire with a guided tour of Hobbiton, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. They often have live entertainment and night-time tours during the summer months. Matamata’s Hobbiton is 55km away taking about 50 minutes to drive there. Well worth the visit, more info can be found by visiting their website. https://www.hobbitontours.com/en/
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Hobbiton Movie Set
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MATAMATA - HOBBITON In the heart of New Zealand, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire with a guided tour of Hobbiton, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. They often have live entertainment and night-time tours during the summer months. Matamata’s Hobbiton is 55km away taking about 50 minutes to drive there. Well worth the visit, more info can be found by visiting their website. https://www.hobbitontours.com/en/
ROTURUA Just a 50 minute drive from the house, Rotorua is an adventure playground with a great range of activities to enjoy for any age. If you are looking for a great family getaway, the kids will love the iconic attractions on offer. Explore Rotorua's popular local markets, boutique style shopping and a delicious variety of ethnic cuisines. Relax in a lake edge thermal hot pool or explore the lakes at length discovering glow worm caves and fresh water springs. Cruise Lake Rotorua on a traditional paddle steamer or explore Lake Rotoiti by kayak, paddle board or luxury catamaran. For family fun, hop on board an amphibious WWII landing craft and experience the lakes with Rotorua Duck Tours. The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers around Rotorua are treasured natural assets and taonga to the Te Arawa people. The region is a fisherman’s dream with trophy trout to be had year round on the lakes, rivers and streams. For fast-paced adventures, try white water sledging or rafting the Grade 5 Kaituna River with the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall. Learn more about what to see and do in Rotorua; https://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/home.aspx
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ROTURUA Just a 50 minute drive from the house, Rotorua is an adventure playground with a great range of activities to enjoy for any age. If you are looking for a great family getaway, the kids will love the iconic attractions on offer. Explore Rotorua's popular local markets, boutique style shopping and a delicious variety of ethnic cuisines. Relax in a lake edge thermal hot pool or explore the lakes at length discovering glow worm caves and fresh water springs. Cruise Lake Rotorua on a traditional paddle steamer or explore Lake Rotoiti by kayak, paddle board or luxury catamaran. For family fun, hop on board an amphibious WWII landing craft and experience the lakes with Rotorua Duck Tours. The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers around Rotorua are treasured natural assets and taonga to the Te Arawa people. The region is a fisherman’s dream with trophy trout to be had year round on the lakes, rivers and streams. For fast-paced adventures, try white water sledging or rafting the Grade 5 Kaituna River with the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall. Learn more about what to see and do in Rotorua; https://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/home.aspx
Essentials
Located just across the road from us, great selection of yummy treats in the deli and bakery.
New World Gate Pa
948 Cameron Rd
Located just across the road from us, great selection of yummy treats in the deli and bakery.
Food scene
Historical building with great food
Clarence Bistro Restaurant
51 Willow Street
Historical building with great food