Top things to do

Top Choice Asian in Tauranga

Macau

Zingy pan-Asian flavours take centre stage at Tauranga's top restaurant. Dishes – small and large – are all designed to be shared. Menu highlights include lamb-rib sang choy bow (lettuce wraps), crispy Sichuan-spice…
Top Choice Cafe in Tauranga

Grindz Café

The chatter of well-caffeinated patrons on Grindz' outside tables brings a welcome burst of street life to otherwise scrappy First Ave. Inside it's a roomy, split-level affair, with funky wallpaper, antiques and ret…
Top Choice Cafe in Tauranga

Me & You

Our favourite Tauranga cafe combines retro decor with an appealing front deck, and the hip baristas really know their way around the coffee machine. A huge array of counter food – including drool-inducing baked good…
Top Choice Music in Tauranga

Vinyl Destination

Not your ordinary record shop, this exceptionally hip establishment doubles as a cafe, a music venue and even a radio station (105.4FM). If there's anything interesting happening around town gig-wise, the clued-up s…
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 …
Cafe in Tauranga

Elizabeth Cafe & Larder

'Eat, drink, enjoy' at Elizabeth, a hip cafe-bar on the ground floor of a four-storey city-centre office block. Many of the customers drift down from upstairs, but you don't need a suit to enjoy a knock-out eggs Ben…
Cafe in Tauranga

The Med

Wonder Woman watches approvingly over the scrum of regulars enjoying terrific coffee and scrumptious all-day breakfasts. Order from the blackboard or from the cabinet crammed with sandwiches, salads, flans and cakes…
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…
Fish & Chips in Tauranga

Bobby's Fresh Fish Market

This local legend sells fresh fish as well as frying up arguably Tauranga's best fish and chips. Our pick, however, is the mussel fritters, fried up on a barbecue and served on white bread. Grab a seat among the exp…
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…