Here are some of our favourite nearby things to do and places to visit.
Feel free to ask if you would like further assistance with things to do in the area.
Aongatete Lodge Bush Walks
Offering walks ranging from 15 minutes to three and a half hours, there is a track suitable for any level of fitness taking you through some of the beautiful regenerating native bushlands in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. The shorter loop tracks have information plaques explaining native trees and wildlife of note.
The Aongatete tracks start at the carpark at the end of Wright Road, off SH 2 between Tauranga and Katikati (Approx 17min drive).
Fairview Golf & Country Club
Designed to championship standards and set on over 60 hectares, Fairview Golf Course welcomes guests on its par 72, 18-hole course. Cafe Nineteen, the onsite cafe, restaurant, and bar, operates seven days a week offering breakfast, brunch, and lunch options.
34 Sharp Road, Aongatete (Approx 12min drive).
Phone 07-549 3412
Katikati Bird Gardens
On the edge of the Tauranga Harbour, the Katikati Bird Gardens is a beautiful and tranquil setting with water-lily ponds, mature trees from around the world, flower gardens and natural wetlands. Many varieties of birds wander freely and are housed in aviaries scattered throughout the gardens. The Katikati Bird Gardens is truly a special place to visit.
263 Walker Road East, Aongatete (Approx 12min drive).
Phone 07-549 0912
Leveret & Mills Reef Winery
Founded by the Preston family, Mills Reef Winery's inaugural vintage was in 1989, embracing a passion for quality Hawkes Bay wines crafted with great care and enthusiasm, in humble facilities located on the foothills of the Kaimai ranges on the outskirts of Tauranga. The Leveret Estate cellar door is open 7 days per week from 9.30 am to 5:00 pm and offers a selection of Mills Reef wines on tasting, and for purchase.
2389 State Highway 2, RD4, Katikati (Approx 8min drive).
Phone: 07-522 0795
Omokoroa Beach and Walking Tracks
The Esplanade and Omokoroa Domain are lovely spots for soaking up views of the Tauranga Harbour. With its family-friendly beach, playground and picnic area, the Omokoroa Domain is a pleasant place to while away the hours. The nearby walking tracks are always popular and are a great way to explore Omokoroa and learn about its history.
The Esplanade, Omokoroa (Approx 15min drive).
Omokoroa Golf Club
Situated in a stunning harbour-side location, Omokoroa Golf Club offers an 18-hole, par 72 course with a mix of links and parkland designs.
67 Links View Drive, Omokoroa (Approx 13min drive).
Phone 07-548 0384
Offering a 20-minute short loop walk and a one-hour, ten-minute long loop, Puketoki Reserve consists of 85 acres of regenerating native bushland which was once owned by the Whakamarama Land and Timber Company. There are several signboards offering a history of the location and remnants of the old bush tramway that passed through the area. Across the road from the reserve entrance is a picnic area and the Te Puna stream, which is great for a refreshing swim.
43 Leyland Road, Whakamarama (Approx 18min drive).
Sapphire Springs Hot Pools
Set in native forest at the foot of the Kaimai Ranges, Sapphire Springs Holiday Park provides respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Enjoy the swimming pool complex with a large main pool, two smaller hot pools, and hot tubs. Private hot tubs are also available, as are barbecue facilities, grass areas for games, and a nature walk.
274 Hot Springs Road, Katikati (Approx 15min Drive).
Phone 07-549 0768
Te Puna Quarry Park
Hosting thousands of native and exotics plants, and a fantastic array of sculptures and other artwork, the Te Puna Quarry Park is well worth exploring.
110 Te Puna Quarry Road, Te Puna (Approx 14min drive).
The Cider Factorie
Established in 2011 and initially branded as O Cider the company was re-branded to The Cider Factorie in 2017. The name seemed slightly more fitting as the Cider is produced in what was once an avocado packhouse. They now produce onsite anywhere from 8-12 different ciders a year. Still made from freshly pressed, locally sourced fruit which they are proud of being one of the few NZ cider producers to continue to promote.
The Cider Factorie opened the doors to their Cidery Restaurant in September 2017 to complement the busy Tasting Room and give visitors an opportunity to experience some New Zealand hospitality. Being located in the greenbelt of Te Puna, Tauranga, minutes from the CBD, they have a stunning location for their apples to grow and visitors to enjoy. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
50 Oikimoke Road, Te Puna (Approx 21min drive).
Phone 07-522 4558
Tuahu Kauri Track
A magnificent kauri tree is a stunning feature of this walk. The kauri is known as Tuahu, named after its location on an old Māori route that was used as a bridle path in the 1800s. The track was later surveyed, made into a six-foot pack track and for a time was the main route between Tauranga and Te Aroha in the Waikato.
This well-benched and graded track winds through a forest of young, native kauri ‘rickers’ and juvenile rimu trees. After 20 minutes, a side-track leads to a platform surrounding one of the largest kauri trees in the Bay of Plenty and then loops back down onto the main track. Beyond this, the main track narrows and becomes more difficult, continuing to the crest of the Kaimai Range. Return by the same route.
The Tuahu kauri track starts at the carpark at the end of Hot Springs Road, off SH 2 between Tauranga and Katikati (Approx 17min drive).