Flights to Tauranga
Whatever you want for your holiday, the Bay of Plenty is ready and willing to bring it to life. Want to see a canyon full of glow worms or step on an active volcano? Want to learn to surf or wrangle a blokart? Want to shop at a farmers market then visit a brewery for a tasting paddle? Bring your vacation ambitions to Tauranga, Mount Maunganui or Whakatāne and let the fun begin.
About our flights to Tauranga
Air New Zealand offers non-stop domestic flights to Tauranga Airport from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, with connecting flights from regional centres. With any flight to Tauranga you can choose seat, seat+bag, flexitime or flexidate fare types. The scheduled length for Auckland to Tauranga flights is 40 minutes.
In the living, breathing heart of the volcano you'll discover roaring steam vents, hot streams, vast sulphur formations and an acid lake.
Where to go and what to see in the Bay of Plenty
Stretching from Waihi in the west to Ōpōtiki in the east, the Bay of Plenty region is loved for its long white-sand beaches, sensational fruit and vegetables, massive range of outdoor adventures and cultural creativity, which you can experience as wonderful art and delectable food. Unless you just want to flop on the beach, we recommend you hire a car and do some exploring.
A coastal paradise of beaches and bays
Whether you're a surfer, swimmer, walker or sunbather, you'll find plenty of room to do your thing in the Bay of Plenty. At the western end of the bay, Waihi Beach is a relaxed seaside settlement with a stretch of gorgeous surf beach that's 10km long. There's another 100km ocean beach spanning from Mount Maunganui to Whakatāne, then Ōhope and Ōpōtiki beaches continue on the other side of the Whakatāne headland. All these fabulous ocean beaches have fine white sand and some are patrolled in summer.
Tauranga's inner harbour also provides plenty of scope for seaside activities. It's a place for sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing and fishing. Or you can take a more leisurely approach to your holiday and enjoy picnics at places like Omokoroa, Bowentown and Pilot Bay.
Best time to go
Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and the wider Bay of Plenty make up one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand. Daily maximum temperatures are around 23°C in summer and 15°C in winter. Many of New Zealand's best beaches are in this area, so it can be really busy in summer. Spring and autumn are a good idea if you want to avoid crowds. Winter often produces beautiful blue sky days.
How much will it cost?
Not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about NZD $100 to $150 a day per person for food and entertainment.
There are no mandatory vaccinations required for visitors to New Zealand.
*Flight times are based on the fastest route available.
** Indirect flights may also be available for this route.