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Tauranga Holidays Overview
Tauranga is located on the Bay of Plenty on the North Island of New Zealand and has a population of about 116 000. Due to its mild weather the region of Tauranga is extremely popular with retirees. The Port of Tauranga is the largest port in New Zealand.
The earliest known inhabitants in this region were the Maori tribes in the 12th Century. The first Europeans to arrive were flax traders in the 1830s. From 1840-1863 there was a Catholic mission, but the Land Wars resulted in it being closed down.
Tauranga is considered a main centre for business, horticultural science, fashion, culture, entertainment and education. The coastal beaches around Tauranga make this an extremely popular summer destination and offers the holiday maker fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming with dolphins. National parks and glow worms are also popular tourist attractions.
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Tauranga Arts Festival runs for 10 days from the end of October until the beginning of November. There are free events such as street theatre, music, dance, cabaret, exhibitions and theatre performed by local, national, and international artists, dancers, writers, readers, and musicians.
Tauranga Easter Jazz Festival has been running for more than 47 years and is the 3rd oldest in the world. The Downtown Carnival is a part of this festival, offers free entertainment, and is held around the Strand over the Easter Saturday and Sunday. Stages are set up in various locations, and crowds are able to enjoy foods and drinks as they soak up the various music, including a Maori Jazz stage. Other special events include the historic City of Tauranga Jazz Steam Train, and the Sebel Trinity Wharf Jazz Riverboat which provides a cruise of the Harbour as passengers enjoy the onboard jazz. More than 60 000 people attend the Festival and it is the largest in New Zealand.
holidays - How to Get There
Air New Zealand services Tauranga airport with approximately 3 services daily between Auckland and Tauranga, and 1 each to Wellington and Christchurch. There are no direct flights to Australia.