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Things to Do

Our Visitor Information Centre is a great place 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.

Find out what events are on in Tauranga at

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.

Visitor Information Centre

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.

Parks & Reserves

Walkways (2.3mb pdf)

Tourism Bay of Plenty


Should you wish to visit some gardens in Tauranga the Visitor Information Centre has 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 and if you are interested in other gardens around New Zealand, visit the Gardenstovisit website.



Tauranga City and the Western Bay of Plenty offer a huge range of things to do in the sporting arena.

Bay Venues incorporate aquatic facilities, community centres, community halls, gyms and ASB Baypark, and they manage all of the indoor sports centres.

ASB Arena at Baypark

Sport Bay of Plenty provides an overview of all sporting organisations and clubs.

Sport Bay of Plenty

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 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 or phone 07 578 7933.

Creative Bay of Plenty has links to many arts and cultural events and activities.

Creative Bay of Plenty

Last Reviewed: 08/11/2016