The biggest city in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty – Tauranga has a bit to live up to and it does it easily.

Tauranga means “place of rest” and people have anchored in this natural harbour with its relaxing lifestyle ever since the Māori first landed here. Between the “I’m-on-the-top-of-the world” appeal of Mount Maunganui and down-to-earth vibe along The Strand, there are heaps of opportunities to surf the waves, laze on the beach and stroll the waterfront. You can even feed the soul by checking out Owen Dippie’s “Larger Than Life” murals in Tauranga’s city centre.