Tauranga, where the bay awaits you.

Tauranga is the perfect destination to base yourself  whether you want to play or getaway whilst experiencing one of the only local luxury Italian villas, Ataahua Lodge.  There is a multitude of activities and activites to do while in the Bay of Plenty.  To give you a guide see some activities on our Attractions page or visit the Bay of Plenty website to see the extensive list.

Ataahau Lodge is located 25kms to Mount Maunganui. The Mount is the colloquial name for Mount Maunganui, a relaxed beach town that occupies a peninsula at the southern end of Tauranga Harbour. The peninsula is actually a huge sandbar, with a sheltered bay on the inner harbour side and a magnificent surf beach on the ocean side. At the very tip of the peninsula is a distinctive peak – Mauao – which rises to 230 metres above sea level. There’s a choice of tracks leading to the summit, some more challenging than others. Huge views of the harbour, beach and Pacific Ocean make the effort totally worthwhile.

Beyond the glittering Strand of Tauranga and golden sands of Mount Maunganui, the Bay of Plenty, true to its name, has plenty to offer visitors.  Visit NewZealand.com to get more information on what to do and see while in the area.

The Lodge is located 15kms to Tauranga City which has several historically significant areas to view during a scenic walk around the area. The Strand waterfront area is modern and always buzzing, and is home to a number of cafés, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Across the road on the water’s edge, children are easily entertained at the local playground. Imaginations run wild as they clamber over the Hairy Maclary bronze sculptures – a story-book scene featuring the beloved characters from Tauranga author Dame Lynley Dodd’s famous children’s books.

Tauranga’s harbour is in evidence almost everywhere you go, providing the urban area with an attractive waterfront setting. Fishing, sailing, diving and dolphin tours are easy to arrange, or check out one of the local beauty spots – McLaren Falls or the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park

Here we have listed a few examples of the most popular activities and links to direct you to companies direct sites.  Or otherwise you can visit the Bay of Plenty website to see the extensive list.

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Local Activities

Aerius Helicopters Mount and City Scenic Flight

Experience a different view of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga city. This flight will take you along the white sandy coastline to the Mount Main Beach. Fly around “The Mount” and over Matakana Island on your way to Tauranga city.

Aerius Helicopters Hobbiton Movie Set

Fly to the Hobbiton Movie Set where you will be guided through the 1,250 acre working sheep and cattle farm to the site used in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

White Island Tours

Join the White Island Tours crew for a 5-6 hour adventure to explore New Zealand’s only active marine volcano – White Island (Whakaari).

Waimarino Glow Worm Kayak Tour

Relax on the edge of tranquil Lake McLaren, enjoy locally produced refreshments while watching the ducks paddle. At dusk our guides will lead you onto the lake to watch the sun set over the hills. Gently paddle into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glow worm canyon.

Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise

Bay Explorer connects you to the amazing aquatic world. Revel in open space, fresh air and the adventure of a real ocean safari experience.

Mt Maunganui (Mauao) Summit Walk

Venture to the top of our most famous landmark. This walk takes about 40 minutes and requires a good level of fitness. Choose from two scenic tracks to reach the 232m-high summit. The view at the top is worth the effort.

Mt Maunganui (Mauao) Base Track Walk

Mauao is an iconic landmark and traversing its 3.4km base track is New Zealand’s single most popular walk. Allow 45 minutes and plenty of time to enjoy the crashing ocean waves and views across to Tauranga and Matakana Island.

McLaren Falls Park

McLaren Falls Park is 190 hectares of parkland set alongside Lake McLaren and is just ten minutes by car, from Tauranga. The park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, disc golf course,…

Matakana Beach

Catch a barge from Tauranga’s Sulphur Point marina or hire a boat or kayak to paddle the short distance across to Matakana Island. A 20km-long white sand beach awaits you, surrounded by a thick green pine forest. An untouched paradise.

Omokoroa Golf Course

Ataahau Lodge is situated on the fourteenth tee of the Western Bay Links View Golf Course.