Historic Building in Tauranga

The Elms

Surrounded by mature trees and lovely gardens, Tauranga's original mission station incorporates the earliest buildings in the Bay of Plenty, along with one of the country's oldest oaks and first pianos. Fascinating …
Winery in Tauranga

Mills Reef Winery

Stately Mills Reef, 7km from the town centre at Bethlehem, has tastings of its award-winning wines. This isn't grape-growing country, so grapes are sourced from NZ's most acclaimed wine regions. There's also a refin…
Gallery in Tauranga

Tauranga Art Gallery

The city's pre-eminent gallery isn't afraid to ruffle feathers with challenging exhibitions of contemporary work. The building itself is a former bank, although you’d hardly know it − it’s an altogether excellent sp…
Cemetery in Tauranga

Mission Cemetery

Not far from The Elms mission house, this shady little cemetery has some interesting memorials relating to battles fought between local Māori and government forces in the 1860s. A prominent monument honours Rāwiri P…
Archaeological Site in Tauranga

Monmouth Redoubt

Shaded by huge pohutukawa trees, spooky Monmouth Redoubt was originally a Māori pā (fortified village), which was taken over and adapted by British soldiers during the New Zealand Wars. At the foot of the Redoubt, o…
Viewpoint in Tauranga

Minden Lookout

On clear days this wooden viewing platform, located about 13km west of the city centre, provides a panorama of nearly the entire Bay of Plenty; see if you can spot Whaakari steaming away in the distance. To get here…
Gardens in Tauranga

Robbins Park

At its best in late spring and summer, this verdant pocket of roses sits behind an ivy-covered colonnade on a cliff overlooking the harbour. The neighbouring greenhouse is packed with bromeliads and palms.
Cultural Centre in Tauranga

Hūria Marae

Located on a nondescript suburban street, this marae (traditional meeting place) has a sensationally carved wharenui (meeting house). This is the private property of the Ngāi Tamarāwaho hapū (subtribe) of the Ngati …
Historic Building in Tauranga

Brain Watkins House

A fairly ordinary-looking Victorian villa stranded on a hill as the roads around it grew, Brain Watkins House (no, not Brian) was built in 1881 from kauri timber and remains one of Tauranga’s best-preserved colonial…