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How to Spend 2 Days in Tauranga

How to Spend 2 Days in Tauranga

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.

Day 1: Get to know the city

**Morning:**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. 

**Afternoon:**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.

**Night:**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.

Day 2: Take a day trip

**Morning and afternoon:**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.

**Night:**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!

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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga

Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga

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Experience the magic of New Zealand’s North Island on this evening glow-worm kayak tour in Tauranga. Begin your tour with refreshments including wine from the award-winning Mills Reef Winery and delicious New Zealand cheeses on the banks of Lake McLaren. As day turns to night, hop into your kayak and paddle with your guide to the glow-worm canyon at the head of Lake McLaren. Marvel at the millions of bright green glow-worms clinging to the towering cliff sides, and gain insight into the life cycle of these fascinating creatures.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Swim With Wild Dolphins in Tauranga

Swim With Wild Dolphins in Tauranga

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Get up close to wild dolphins in their natural habitat during a 5-hour dolphin cruise from Tauranga. You can watch from the boat or interact with these playful marine mammals as you swim and snorkel alongside them in the water. Hear informative live commentary and enjoy hot drinks and muffins on board. Tour operates during summer months from November to May.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: White Water Rafting Adventure

Tauranga Shore Excursion: White Water Rafting Adventure

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Docking in Tauranga? Get a taste of Maori culture and have a wild white water adventure with this charter tour. With a professional and experienced guide (and of course safety equipment!), careen through a river canyon on a white water raft, then pick from a range of options, from a gondola to clay bird shooting, for the second part of the tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$393.04
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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Craft Beer Tour from Tauranga

Craft Beer Tour from Tauranga

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Spend the afternoon tasting the fruits of Tauranga’s craft beer boom with your friends – all without the risk of drawing the short straw and ending up the sober driver. On this easygoing tour around a handful of the city’s breweries and brewbars, sample a range of beers made in the region and even go behind the scenes at a local brewery to discover how they make their lagers and ales.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.28
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Waimarino Adventure Park

Waimarino Adventure Park

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Enjoy wet’n’wild adventure with the family at the Waimarino Adventure Park in Tauranga, New Zealand. Inside the park, choose from a whole host of exciting rides, slides and chutes. Bounce on the water trampoline, test your head for heights on the climbing wall, fly through the air on the Tarzan swing or challenge a friend to a gladiator duel. Hire kayaks and pedalos, or simply soak up the rays at the water’s edge. With all activities included on the pass, enjoy excellent value for money all day long.
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  • 1 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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