Tauranga is located in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand, overlooking the sea and nestled amongst stunning native bush. There are many scenic locations here, and every drive in your Tauranga car rental brings you a new and unique vista. If you aren’t sure where to go, here are some suggestions to make the most of the region.
The Kaimai Heritage Trail is located in the northern Kaimai Range and uncovers relics from a bygone era. Explore the relics of the great goldrush, with equipment from tramways, haul lines and mining tunnels remaining half-hidden and abandoned.
The Kaituna Wetland is the largest Bay of Plenty wetland that remains, and it is essential that it is preserved for future generations. Most of the wetland around this area was burned off in the 1900s to make room for farmland, making it a precious resource. There are several walking tracks and a kayak trail for you to get up close with the wetland wildlife.
The Orokawa Scenic Reserve is comprised of 145 hectares of native bush, and provides a rare example of an ancient coastal forest. It includes pohutokawa trees, clear sandy beaches, rock fishing and old pa sites. No camping is permitted, so a rental car is essential for visiting this area.
Just 15km south of Tauranga, Otanewainuku Forest is a rare example of completely untouched forest and houses many native bird and animal species. Rimu, kamahi and tawa trees rise up unhampered by human interference, and a volunteer trust is working hard to keep it that way.
A ten minute drive from central Tauranga, McLaren Falls Park is a 190 hectare parkland with excellent lakes and picnic areas. You can stay overnight in either a modern hostel or a basic campsite. A nearby animal park has all you need to keep kids occupied, and there is always room for fun on the lake.
Explore this unique region with a Tauranga rental car and discover the area’s attractions at your own pace.
Getting around Tauranga is easy with a rental car and there are plenty of options for you to choose from.
New Zealand Rent A Car has car rental locations throughout New Zealand and the North Island, including a handy Tauranga car rental depot, offering a range of reliable affordable rental cars to suit your budget.
5 Tauranga Attractions to See in a Rental Car