The Luxury Guide to Tauranga© Tourism Bay of Plenty
The Luxury Guide to Tauranga

The Luxury Travel Guide to Tauranga

© Tourism Bay of Plenty

Plan a Luxury Trip to Tauranga

A picturesque city on the sand-lined shores of Tauranga Harbour, Tauranga presents a premium city escape in New Zealand. The main hub of the Bay of Plenty offers just that – plenty to do to create a premium experience, from staying in lavish hotels to treating yourself and loved ones to astounding helicopter tours to indulging in luxury spa days. Whether you’re travelling here for a special occasion or simply just treating yourself, you’ll be able to plan the perfect trip away with this luxury travel guide to Tauranga.

Luxury Activities in Tauranga

  • See New Zealand’s unique birdlife with Foris Eco-tours
  • Explore Mt Maunganui on a V8 Trike with V8 Trike Tours
  • Or on the back of a Harley Davidson with LoCol Tours
  • Fly over Tauranga’s most scenic spots on a helicopter tour with Aerius Helicopters
  • See what it’s like to fly a fighter jet in The Aviator Experience
  • Indulge in a hot pool and spa day at Mount Hot Pools, Fernland Spa or Ridge Country Retreat
  • Dine on fresh seafood, premium steaks or vegan delights at Tauranga’s fine dining establishments.

For elaboration on each experience, take a look at the 8 Luxury Activities in Tauranga.

The Luxury Guide to Tauranga© Aerius Helicopters

Luxury Adventure Activities

Tauranga presents many exciting ways to tour the city, from V8 trikes to Harley Davidson motorcycles to helicopters and more! For those looking to escape the city, there are unique bird-watching tours and various other private tours to explore Tauranga’s surroundings.

First, explore the city of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui in style on a Harley Davidson 1690cc with LoCol Tours. The 15-minute chauffeured experience will get you familiar with Mt Maunganui and the town’s layout. Find out more about LoCol Tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Alternatively, V8 Trike Tours offers a more complete experience on their Main Beach Cruise. The 25-minute tour takes you around Mt Maunganui and even onto the beach. Find out more about V8 Trike Tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Perhaps you want to experience Tauranga from a bird’s eye view, so combine the scenic trip with adrenaline on a skydive with Skydive Tauranga, jumping from 10,000ft or 12,000ft. Find out more about Skydive Tauranga on Viator or Tripadvisor.

For more premium adventures, take a look at the 8 Luxury Activities in Tauranga.

The Luxury Guide to Tauranga© Tourism Bay of Plenty

Luxury All-weather Activities

Whatever the weather, travellers can enjoy these premium experiences in Tauranga.

Experience the excitement of military flight in one of the fighter jet simulators of The Aviator Experience. From classic warbirds to modern fighter jets, the flight simulators with virtual reality headsets and highly detailed hardware give you a realistic experience of what it’s like to be a fighter pilot. Find out more about The Aviator Experience on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Relaxation is also a core part of the Tauranga experience, which can be enjoyed through the city’s geothermal hot pools and day spas. Some of your most premium options include the private pools at Mount Hot Pools (9 Adams Avenue, Mt Maunganui) and Fernland Spa (250 Cambridge Road, Bethlehem), which also both offer massage treatments. Alternatively, Ridge Country Retreat is a luxury spa complex just 20 minutes from Tauranga, offering spa and beauty rooms, a geothermal pool, as well as three-day yoga and wellness retreats.

For more ways to enjoy Tauranga in any weather, check out the 8 Luxury Activities in Tauranga.

The Luxury Guide to Tauranga© Tourism Bay of Plenty

Fine Dining in Tauranga

You can hardly visit a cultural hub such as Tauranga and not experience the cuisine. There are many fine dining establishments nestled throughout the city centre, Mt Maunganui and beyond.

A fabulous place to start is the Clarence Bistro Restaurant (51 Willow Street) of The Clarence Hotel, an elegant restaurant serving the likes of pan-roasted market fish with chestnut, portobello mushroom gnocchi and truffle, free-farmed pork belly and more. More European cuisine can be enjoyed at Mount Bistro (6 Adams Avenue, Mt Maunganui) at the base of The Mount.

For more of a seafood affair, don’t miss Harbourside (150 The Strand) for its fresh oysters from the nearby Coromandel to accompany the picturesque harbour views.

A premium homely restaurant in Bethlehem, Somerset Cottage (30 Bethlehem Road) is a family-run eatery where you can treat yourself to New Zealand lamb shank or try their extensive vegan menu. They also offer cooking classes.

For more recommendations, be sure to browse The Foodie Guide to Tauranga.

More About Tauranga

That’s it for the luxury travel guide to Tauranga. Find even more tips to make your luxury getaway exceptional in The Luxury Travel Guide to New Zealand.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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