Vacation rentals in Tauranga

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Popular amenities for Tauranga vacation rentals

Stay near Tauranga's top sights

Trustpower Stadium19 locals recommend
Bayfair Shopping Centre240 locals recommend
Tauranga Art Gallery109 locals recommend
The Rising Tide94 locals recommend
New World Mt Maunganui92 locals recommend
Kaiate Falls81 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Tauranga

  • Total rentals

    1.5K properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    53K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    910 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    230 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    170 properties have a pool

Your guide to Tauranga

All About Tauranga

Between the rich green of the Kaimai Ranges and the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean is the harbor city of Tauranga, part of New Zealand’s beautiful Bay of Plenty region. On the east coast of the North Island, Tauranga has some of the country’s most beloved beaches. The golden sands of Mount Maunganui and Papamoa Beach have plenty of space for swimming, surfing, and kitesurfing, while sailors, kayakers, and paddleboarders have all the fun in the extensive harbor, sheltered by the forested barrier of Matakana Island.

The marine environment offshore from Tauranga’s many bays and islands is rich and popular with scuba divers. Before sunset, head across to Pilot Bay Beach to sit on the soft golden sand and watch the sun go down behind Mount Maunganui. Apart from all these natural treasures, Tauranga is also a cultural hub, with an art gallery showcasing historical and contemporary works, an aviation museum, and a lively center full of shops and restaurants.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Tauranga

The upper half of the North Island has a subtropical climate, and Tauranga combines this with a coastal influence, creating pleasant conditions year-round and little variation in temperature. The Bay of Plenty has the most sunshine hours in the country, although it can rain any time of the year in New Zealand, so be sure to pack waterproof clothing. Summertime extends from November through April, while the coldest and wettest months are June and July. School summer holidays in January see Tauranga and its beaches busy with vacationers, creating a lively buzz. On Easter weekend, a large national jazz festival in Tauranga brings a carnival atmosphere with markets and a vintage car parade. Multiple stages are set up through the central city, attracting some of the best local and international jazz and blues artists.

Top things to do in Tauranga

Boat cruises

Consider taking a boat cruise through Tauranga’s inner harbor, where mangroves and tidal mudflats shelter oystercatchers and godwits. Alternatively, cruise or paddle to Matakana Island and spend time picnicking on the barrier island’s pristine white-sand beaches. Further out, your boat could be shadowed by pods of dolphins, and during certain times of the year, you may spot turtles and orcas.

Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is a mountain, a beach, and a suburb. The 800-foot summit of the extinct volcano is popular to climb — particularly at dawn — for spectacular 360-degree views across the landscape and ocean. There are two trail options, and the climb takes around 40 minutes on good paths. After your climb, cool off with a dip at Main Beach in the summer or go for a soak at the Mount Hot Pools in the winter.

Kaiate Falls

Kaiate Falls/Te Rerekawau is a pair of waterfalls located a 30-minute drive east of Taurang amongst the lush rainforest. The first cascade is an 80-foot set of three tiers, with a 50-foot single-drop waterfall below it. From the parking lot, two short looped tracks lead around sections of the falls. Note that the path can be steep and slippery in places.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Tauranga?

    Tauranga has a temperate oceanic climate. Summers, December through February, are warm with temperatures around 75°F (24°C), while winters, June through August, are mild with temperatures around 55°F (13°C). Rainfall is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Tauranga?

    Visitors frequently explore the lush trails at McLaren Falls Park, relax at the Mount Maunganui beach, or soak in the history at the Elms Mission Station. The art lovers often visit Tauranga Art Gallery to appreciate the local and international artworks.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Tauranga?

    Summer, from December to February, is the most popular time to visit Tauranga. During this period, the city hosts a variety of events, including the National Jazz Festival in April, and the Tauranga Arts Festival, which takes place every two years in October.

  • What are the best places to stay in Tauranga?

    Mount Maunganui is a frequently suggested area to stay due to its proximity to the beach and various restaurants. The Tauranga City Centre is popular for its shopping options and adventurous nightlife. Bethlehem is often recommended for its quiet, suburban atmosphere.

  • What are the best places to visit in Tauranga?

    The most popular places to visit in Tauranga include the Mount Maunganui, a dormant volcano with panoramic views, and McLaren Falls Park with its picturesque waterfalls. The Historic Village Tauranga is also often suggested for its unique collection of original and replica buildings from early Tauranga.

  • What are some hiking trails in Tauranga?

    The Mount Maunganui Summit Walk is a frequently suggested trail that offers panoramic views of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Minden Lookout is a popular choice for a shorter walk with stunning vistas. For a more leisurely stroll, the Waikareao Estuary walkway is often recommended.

  • What are some family activities to do in Tauranga?

    Families frequently explore Marshalls Animal Park, an interactive zoo with farm and exotic animals. The Tauranga Mini Golf is often recommended for a fun-filled afternoon. The Waimarino Adventure Park is also a popular spot, featuring water trampolines, kayaking and a climbing wall.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Tauranga?

    For day trips, consider a visit to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, about 86 kilometers (53 miles) away. Another popular choice is the Hobbiton Movie Set, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) away, a key attraction for Lord of the Rings fans.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Tauranga?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 150 homes with self check-in, over 40 homes with a gym, over 230 homes with a bbq area, over 950 homes with wireless internet, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Are there Tauranga vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 170 vacation homes with pools in Tauranga, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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