Our Visitor Information Centres are great places to find out what is going on around our city, and also around the greater Western Bay area. They know all the boat charters, homestays, places to visit, and how to get there.
There is also lots of other information that the Customer Services staff will be more than happy to help you with, if you call into Tauranga City Council, 91 Willow St, Tauranga or phone the Call Centre on 07 577 7000.
Parks and Reserves
There are lots of opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors in Tauranga.
The city’s premier parks include Memorial Park, Mauao, McLaren Falls Park and Yatton Park. We aim to have a playground within 500m of every residential home in Tauranga City.
There is also a huge range of walkways and cycleways throughout the city. Highlights include the Mauao base track, Waikareao Estuary, Gordon Carmichael Reserve and Waioraka Reserve.
For more information on parks, recreational activities, and walks in Tauranga see Parks & Reserves or pick up a copy of the Walkways booklet from Council’s customer service centre.
Tourism Bay of Plenty also has links to many activities and things to see and do.
Should you wish to visit some gardens in Tauranga the Visitor Information Centres have details of private gardens open to the public.
There are also some garden displays and tree collections within our parks, here is a selection:
There are other gardens around Tauranga that are great for photography also, for example Kauri Grove and if you are interested in other gardens around New Zealand, visit the Gardenstovisit website.
Tauranga City and the Western Bay of Plenty offers a huge range of things to do in the sporting arena.
TECT Arena at Baypark is a new nine-court sports and events centre. Tauranga Leisure Ltd manages all of the indoor sports centres.
Sport Bay of Plenty has a list of all sporting organisations and clubs.
Arts and Culture
Baycourt Community & Arts Centre
Baycourt is Tauranga’s premier performing arts facility and is extensively used by local, regional, national and international performances, conferences and exhibitions.
To find out more about what’s on at Baycourt, visit www.events.tauranga.govt.nz or phone 07 577 7186 for more information.
Tauranga Art Gallery
The Tauranga Art Gallery delivers exhibitions of historical, modern and contemporary art.
The Gallery is open seven days a week (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and ANZAC Day until 1pm) between 10am - 4.30pm. For more information, visit www.artgallery.org.nz or phone 07 578 7933.
Creative Tauranga has links to many arts and cultural events and activities.
Last Reviewed: 05/09/2013