4 days in Tauranga & Whakatane Itinerary

4 days in Tauranga & Whakatane Itinerary

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Tauranga
— 2 nights
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Whakatane
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Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Bring the kids along to Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Explore Tauranga's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Zipline, Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Experience, explore the galleries of Pohutukawa Gallery, and trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tauranga, use our trip itinerary maker.

Auckland to Tauranga is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Tauranga when traveling from Auckland in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Whakatane.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

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Zipline
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
McLaren Falls Park
McLaren Falls Park

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Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, stroll through Ohope Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Kohi Point Lookout.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Whakatane driving holiday planner.

Getting from Tauranga to Whakatane by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Whakatane, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whakatane

Beaches · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Mataatua: The House That Came Home ©
Mataatua: The House That Came Home

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