I went to one of the largest towns in the Plenty Bay, Tauranga that has a lot of sandy beaches, paths for hiking and unusual places to reside and spend a vacation in. I stayed at Hotel on Devonport, a luxury boutique style hotel located in downtown with shopping and restaurants availed readily. It cost around NZD$180 – NZD$380. Other good options for stay are Harbourside City Backpackers charging around $28-$92, Hotel Armitage and Conference Center nestled in the center of the city that may cost about $129-$399.
Places to visit
I went to Mount Maunganui Summit Track. Rising to 232m, the Maori once used it as a natural fortification. Several tracks lead to the cone’s summit. It takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour. One can travel from Mount Maunganui, the Bay Hopper to all parts of Tauranga city. The trips cost $3.20 one way or even buy a day pass for $6.30.
Then I went to walk along the white sands of the Mt. Maunganui Main Beach that stretches on the sandbar beginning at the base of the volcano and ending in a sheltered bay with a harbor. I stopped for snacks at the small eateries.
I also saw the Falls Park considered as unusual for walkers and has places for fishing, kayaking, camping, etc. It is a ten-minute journey from the central part of Tauranga. I also had a chance to visit Hobbiton Movie Set, extensively used in both “The Lord of the Rings “ and “The Hobbit.“ The journey across the 4.8 hectares set includes stops at Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Dragon Inn. Later I visited Anzac Bay.
It is recommended to visit this place for at least three days on your trip to NZ.