If long stretches of golden coast, an abundance of water sports and an undeniably sophisticated-yet-relaxed vibe are what you’re seeking for your North Island campervan holiday, then park up your camper for a few days or weeks to explore beautiful Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region.
Together with its close neighbour Mount Maunganui (often referred to as ‘The Mount’), Tauranga is a favourite holiday spot for sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts. It’s just two and a half hours’ drive from Auckland but spending time here can feel more like a holiday on the Gold Coast – especially given the surfers who flock to the region, and the numerous beachside cafes and bars catering to all tastes and budgets.
Fancy a bit of music and festivities with your campervan holiday? Plan your Tauranga trip to coincide with the annual National Jazz Festival in April, or the Tauranga Arts Festival held every second year at the end of October and beginning of November.
The Bay of Plenty region has plenty more than beautiful bays and beachside living to discover. Just a short drive from Tauranga, Kaiate Falls offers natural swimming pools and picturesque waterfalls, while the larger area of McLaren Falls Park is a prime spot for a scenic stroll or family picnic – there’s even an animal park where, for a small admittance fee, you can meet kunekune pigs, miniature horses and view eels underwater. Papamoa Hills Regional Park has expansive views and walking tracks leading past six historical Maori pa sites.
Being a small city equipped with many motorhome-friendly parks and recreational areas, Tauranga is an easy base to make day trips to explore the bountiful attractions of Rotorua, which is just under an hour away, or other idyllic spots such as Coromandel peninsula, Whakatane and oh-so-beautiful Ohope. .
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Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park
Nestled at the foot of Mauao, the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park faces the ocean and the harbour. It is the perfect spot to park up your campervan hire and settle in the night. With non-powered and powered sites to suit all budgets, this campsite has stunning views and various accommodation options in the heart of Mount Maunganui this is the classic Kiwi summer hotspot.
Bowentown Beachside Holiday Park
The Bowentown Beach Holiday Park is 4-Star accommodation, centrally located to both the Bay of Plenty and the scenic Coromandel Peninsula. Enjoy wide open spaces, scenic walks, safe and clean waters.
With over 170 sites and, this family-orientated park has plenty to choose from. So, park up and relax in Tauranga.
What to do in the Bay of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand is a highly adored destination. Stretching all the way from the Coromandel Peninsula to Cape Runaway, the Bay of Plenty has much to offer visitors in terms of history, culture and natural scenery. Here is a list of what to do in the Bay of Plenty with campervan hire in New Zealand.
Activities in the Bay of Plenty
New Zealand offers a wide variety of experiences for everyone. The choices include activities on land, air and water. The Bay of Plenty is no exception and will keep you busy. The activities combine nature and excitement to give you an experience of a lifetime. Read our list of what to do in the Bay of Plenty when you hire a campervan in New Zealand.
Tips for campervan hire in NZ
Exploring New Zealand by campervan is the best way to see the sights. When you hire a campervan this becomes your “home-on-wheels” while travelling. So, before you hit the road, read our tips for a hassle-free trip.