Traveling the world is one of the aspirations of many. If you’re among the people who have the opportunity to explore other countries, we strongly recommend adding New Zealand to your bucket list.
However, we understand that if it’s the first time you step foot in the land, you might have no clue on what to do in Tauranga, New Zealand. So we urge you to keep an eye on these top 3 destinations!
The Mt. Maunganui is among the attractions in the country. With it being 232 meters above sea level, it became a hot spot for tourists looking for a window of opportunity to view the landscape the place offers.
Its location is perfect for peeping at the vast sandy beaches around it, touching the Pilot Bay’s relaxing water, and witnessing those high ocean waves that bring excitement to every surfer.
It was once an independent township until the Tauranga Bridge allowed various people to reach the area from the economic hub center.
On another note, what makes Mt. Maunganui’s edge both a point of interest in tourism and a significant trade center is that it’s settled between the ocean and harbor beaches.
New Zealand declared the place as their first artificial reef, where visitors could choose to do activities like fishing, signing up for dolphin tours, camping, and of course, surfing.
In particular, it’s best to visit the place from early October until early May so that you could feel a light breeze at night and mellow sunlight at day throughout your stay.
McLaren Falls Park
If you are a photographer, we’re sure that you’ll love McLaren Falls Park’s aesthetics, which has a significant area of 190 ha sitting near Lake McLaren itself!
From Tauranga, reaching the park would take a 10-minute drive. Once you’re at your destination, you’ll be welcomed with an impressive waterfall track as well as a flawless curated model of the botanical garden.
Aside from its stunning appearance, it’s also accessible for people with disabilities. This includes those using wheelchairs and who are physically challenged.
It’s a fitting venue for individuals who would like to book for special events, such as anniversaries or birthdays, given that you’ve made an appointment before your preferred date.
Since a body of water surrounds it, it became the favorite of outdoor enthusiasts. As a result, kayaking and fishing are just among the recommended entertainments.
If this isn’t at par with your liking, then maybe summer lawn concerts, camping, disc golfing, bush walks, or picnics would pique your interest.
It’s worth noting, though, that smoking nor playing with firecrackers are prohibited within the premises. We’re afraid to say that because over 300 sheep roam the area, the park isn’t precisely dog-friendly.
Te Puna Quarry Park
The volunteers built and maintained this, yet it wasn’t until 1997 that they began with their plantings. Now, the area is recognized for its specialized groups of plants, along with nurturing several types of gardens:
- Fuschia Area
- Palm Grove
- Australian Area
- Butterfly Garden
- Mixed Ornamentals
- Herb Garden
Apart from housing these plants and gardens, Te Puna Quarry Park is best known for its settled artistic outdoor sculptures displayed carefully within the park. Many of these sculptures were constructed using materials like Hinuera stone or tree fern trunks of different shapes and sizes.
Above all, there’s no required fee to enter the park, but donations are appreciated, especially if you were that glad that your furry companion got to enjoy exploring the area!
It’s no doubt that there are other stunning destinations in New Zealand, but before jumping on the flight, be sure to keep in mind to first familiarize yourself with their culture, tradition, and customs to avoid embarrassing escapades.
Take note that you should always make every trip memorable!