5 free things to do in Tauranga.

1.Tauranga city art walk


Starting at the Tauranga Art Gallery, pick up a brochure of the city art walk (shown above) and allow yourself to be immersed in the heart of the city’s art and culture for the next couple of hours. I enjoyed the visit to the Arts Market @ The Cargo Shed and Owen Dippie’s Street Art.


Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. 

2. Mount Maunganui


Mount Maunganui is a beach city in the Bay of Plenty region, located north from Tauranga, just across the Tauranga Harbour Bridge. Plenty of hikes to do at this extinct volcano cone known by its Maori name as Mauao and as The Mount to locals. There is a 3.4km base track round The Mount that takes about 45 minutes to walk. Gradient is pretty flat so its an easy terrain to walk/run while enjoying amazing coastal views.

The 232m summit takes about 40 minutes to get to. On a hot day, it can be hard work so have enough fluids on you. But, the view from above would definitely be well worth it so scaling The Mount is a definite must do!

3. Catch a wave at Mount Maunganui Main Beach

Located at the foot of The Mount, facing the Pacific Ocean is a glorious surf and swimming spot that can get exceptionally crowded during the summer months. The busiest section of the beach are the spots closer to The Mount, so walking eastward toward Papamoa will be your best bet if you are looking for a quiet, uninterrupted spot to spend the day at.

Moturiki Island, known as “Leisure Island”, located just off the beach is a good spot to do rock climbing.

On the opposite side of The Mount is the sheltered harbourside of Pilot Bay, which is a launching pad for boats and kayaks. It is also a shallow swimming spot for families with young children.

During winter months, Mount Maunganui Hot Pools will be a perfect retreat for you. Entrance charges are from $10 onwards.

4. Visit The Elms Mission House


Completed in 1847, the Elms Mission House is one of New Zealand’s finest Georgian houses and one of the oldest historic buildings in the country. Situated within a tranquil oasis, this building carries visitors back in time to the early nineteenth century. This house was built by a European couple who came to New Zealand in 1829 for the Church Missionary Society of England.


A family home for 150 years, this Mission House showcases the lives of three generations that lived within its walls from its completion in 1847 to 1992. Next to the house is New Zealand’s oldest free-standing library which is still home to more than 1,000 original books that it once held.

The Elms Mission House grounds are open daily and free of charge. However, to enter the house and the library, a nominal fee of $5 applies.

5. Wander in Robbins Park

Get lost amongst the flora and fauna in the Display House in Robbins Park and thereafter settle for a nice picnic lunch. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon!

All images belong to Solosingaporean unless otherwise credited for. Please give credit where it’s due.


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