Tauranga in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty is a beautiful and lively harbour city with a long white, sandy beach stretching from Mount Maunganui to Papamoa. The climate is sub-tropical and it is one of the country's sunniest cities.
Historic buildings and sites associated with the city's time as an early mission station and military base can be visited at the historic village. The region is a major producer of citrus and other fruit crops and Te Puke is New Zealand's major kiwifruit growing area. Tauranga is New Zealand's most important export harbour and one of the country's fastest growing cities. The popular retirement area's lifestyle runs at its own pace and in summer months, holidaymakers flock here.
With a population of around 100,000, it is the western Bay of Plenty's major city, protected by Matakana Island. Tauranga is a Maori word which roughly translates to "a sheltered anchorage".
Water activities abound game fishing, whitewater rafting, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and body surfing. There are many good walking tracks, excellent restaurants and hot saltwater pools for relaxation.
Cruise ships often visit and hundreds of yachts are berthed at two large marinas. Charter boats take keen anglers and scuba divers out for adventures and there are lots of learn-to-surf schools.
Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort is the only beachfront accommodation in the area. It's in the right spot for surfing, fishing, strolling along the beach and waking to the sound of waves. Daytrips to nearby Matakana and Mayor islands are great.
They have a bed for every budget, ranging from campsites to cabins, units, one and two bedroom motels, villas, spa villas and spa units.
Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort villas start at $135 a double a night.
Prices quoted correct at 05.07.2007
The eastern coast of New Zealand's north island.
For further information
Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort
535 Papamoa Beach Road
Papamoa Bay of Plenty
Ph/Fax: 64 7 572 0816
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