The Best Activities & Eateries in Tauranga

If you’re a visitor attending an event at Trustpower Baypark or a local hosting guests from out of town, we've got all the activities and eateries you won't want to miss.

If you’re a visitor attending an event in Mount Maunganui or a local hosting guests from out of town, let us help you plan the perfect itinerary. After all, we’re Bay of Plenty experts!

There are two key elements to planning a great visit: activities and food & drink. See below for our top picks to suit all budgets and interests.


  1. Dip your toes in the sea - It's not a visit to Tauranga without visiting the glorious Mount Maunganui beach and taking a stroll around Mauao.

  2. Soak at the Mount Hot Pools – Beneath the majesty of Mauao relax and unwind in the only hot ocean water complex in the world.

  3. Visit Tauranga Art Gallery or the Classic Flyers Aviation Museum – For the art and aviation buffs amoung us.

  4. Book a massage with Baywave Massage Therapy – Balance your active lifestyle with a massage from the experienced massage therapists at Baywave for improved holistic wellbeing.

  5. Visit the Historic Village – Browse the shops and have a bite to eat while you enjoy the sights of original and replica buildings from early Tauranga.

  6. Hit the golf course - Have your choice of courses at Omanu, Greerton and Mount Maunganui, or try out all three.

  7. Visit the Little Big Markets - Meander down the bustling market isles of artisan stallholders, enjoy live music from local musicians and treat yourself to delicious gourmet street food.

Food & Drink

- Breakfasts, brunches, lunches and all the snacks in between.

  1. Arena Cafe at Baypark - If you're attending an event at Baypark during your time in Tauranga, don't miss the delicious food at the Arena Cafe! Fantastic fresh food and hot drinks are available during all major events.

  2. Elizabeth Café & Larder – Widely regarded as the best spot for brunch in Tauranga.

  3. The General – Excellent cabinet food and coffee to go, or stay a while and enjoy something off the menu.

  4. Elspeth – Beautiful breads and pastries baked fresh daily.

Night - Street food, burgers or fine dining? Tauranga has something for everyone.

  1. Rice Rice Baby – Bright, fast, affordable and flavour that packs a punch, this is a Mount Maunganui favourite.

  2. Palace – Burgers, fries and waffles with both classic and unconventional options.

  3. Harbourside – Modern fine dining with a waterfront view.

  4. Clarence Bistro – Located in the old post office building, the exquisite food and setting is sure to wow your guests.

  5. But First Dessert – Brand new dessert bar in the centre of Tauranga; our pick for sweet treats and Sunday high tea.

We could go on forever about the fantastic service providers in the Bay of Plenty, but now it's time for you to get out there and experience them for yourselves!

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