Hairy Maclary statues, fresh fish & chips, thermal hot pools, glow worm kayak tour.

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Explore Downtown Tauranga

Venture to Tauranga's downtown waterfront precinct to enjoy a meal or drink at one of the lively bars or restaurants, take the children to the waterfront playground and splash pad (watch the locals doing bombs from the wharf - and if you’re keen, join them!), or indulge in some retail therapy in the vibrant shops and boutiques.


Restaurants and bars, shopping, playground.

Family enjoying fish n chips on the wharf

Try the Best Fish & Chips in Tauranga

Downtown Tauranga is home to Bobby's Fresh Fish Market where you'll find the best fish and chips in the city! Located right on the water, you know you're getting the freshest fish around. Grab them to take away or dine on the waterfront. There are plenty of picnic tables and grass areas to choose from.

Bobby's Fresh Fish Market

1 Dive Crescent, Tauranga

Ph: 07 578 1789


Best fish & chips in Tauranga.

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Discover Fernland Spa

Just 10 minutes by car from the Tauranga CBD is Fernland Spa thermal mineral springs and campground. Tucked down in the valley and surrounded by native ferns, the thermal hot pools are a great place for the whole family. You can choose to swim in the main pool, or hire an indoor private pool (best to call ahead and book these ones). A soak at Fernland Spa is total bliss!

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Lake McLaren Glow Worm Tour

This is a truly unique experience. Join the Waimarino team for an Evening Glow Worm Kayak tour on Lake McLaren. After some sunset refreshments, you'll head up the lake to a canyon and as night falls, you'll get to witness the glow worms shining in all their glory!