Waihi Beach is a popular holiday destination thanks to nine kilometres of sandy white beach and a quiet lifestyle. Waihi Beach is a favourite surf spot during summer and commands majestic views of Mayor (Tuhua) Island. At the far end of this coastal stretch is Bowentown Headland. Waihi Beach is located at the western boundary of the region. From the northern end of Waihi Beach you can access the beautiful Orokawa Walkway. Nestled down the road from Waihi Beach is Athenree, a tranquil harbourside haven. Next stop is Bowentown, a popular spot for family picnics, fishing and swimming.
Tauranga is the main centre of the region and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Rapidly getting ringed by Tauranga satellite suburbs. Provides protected boating & fishing. Tauranga is also home to the country’s biggest export port, Port of Tauranga. The harbour is a large tidal estuary with an area of some 200-sq. km. and has a tidal range of up to 1.98m. Approximately 290,000,000 tonnes of water flow through the entrances at each tidal change. Downtown Tauranga has several historically significant areas to view during a scenic walk around the area. Tauranga has two sister city relationships: Hitachi, Japan and Yantai, China.
"The Mount" - The place to be over christmas and New Years eve if you're young and after a good time. Mount Maunganui is a town located on a peninsula to the north of Tauranga on New Zealand's North Island. The suburb of Mount Maunganui has been well-regarded for years for its top beaches and coastal lifestyle. The beaches are numerous and safe for swimmers and surfers. The top spot for swimming is Main Beach, which is located at the foot of the mighty Mauao (Mount Maunganui) and faces the Pacific Ocean.
Seaside Papamoa has been growing at record speed and it is now full of diverse options for visitors. Very much in the burbs now, but a great long stretch of white sand. The sandy beach is pristine, yet only a couple of minutes away from the local shops and restaurant. Located down the road from Mount Maunganui. There are several small shopping centres, recreation reserves, sports centres and nearby golf courses.
One of the oldest settlements of the bay. Maketu, located about 15 minutes from Te Puke, was the landing place of the Arawa canoe following the migration of early Maori from Hawaiki. A memorial on the foreshore commemorates the landing. Maketu is also a favourite place for swimming, boating and fishing, and during the winter locals gather whitebait. The privately-owned Newdicks beach is a rockier beach than most of the region’s beaches, and it’s a popular spot for horse-back riding.