Tauranga, Mt Manganui and New
These are our three favorite towns in New Zealand. We spent the bulk of our time in these
three charming places and enjoyed them immensely. Read on to find out why these are the
best places in a pretty cool country.
chose Tauranga as our New
base camp. Tauranga is the only
marina on the north east coast with berths for a twenty foot wide catamaran. Other marinas had pile moorings
available, but that was not what
we wanted. We tried a pile
mooning in the wonderful town of
Whangarei, but the boat grounded in the mud at low
tide and the dingy was needed to reach the shore.
We wanted a place where we could hang out, easily
get on and off the boat and live like we live on the boat at home. We were tired the constant traveling
and wanted a place to settle in for a while.
It was a little expensive for moorage but Tauranga fit the bill.
Tauranga Bridge Marina even had floating breakwater like our old marina back
The Tauranga Bridge marina was in the Port of Tauranga
which is a little industrial. It
had. large scale export facilities like containers, logs, and metals. Even so, it was close to everything and was a great home
away from home. Click here to see some views of the
marina that we used as a base camp for exploring New Zealand from December through
The people at Tauranga Bridge Marina were great.
We made lots of friends and it seems we were just starting to feel really
comfortable there, when it was time to move on.
Thank you Tauranga Bridge Marina you are great and we miss all the
wonderful people there already.
We were delayed waiting for weather before leaving
Tauranga. On the day before departing we were involved in a tradgedy.
Click here if you
have a strong stomach for the grizzly details.
This is the place where
New Zealander go to play on the beach.
The beach is many miles long and in the heat of the summer there are
hundreds of surfers spread out up and down the beach. Thousands of people sunbathing and
playing in the sand and surf.
Beach volleyball, marathons,
surf and life saving competitions lots of things to keep the activity
addicted Kiwis active. The two
cities of Mount Mangauni and Tauranga are right next to
The three main assets of Mount Manganui - aka The Mount - are two beautiful
golden sand beaches and a lovely mountain.
The eastern beach is exposed to the south Pacific and gets big surf.
This is the beach for the young and the hip.
Beautiful sun tanned and fit bodies are constantly on parade.
The trendy coffee shops and restaurants are constantly full of
attractive people. Apparently
the region has had double digit growth rates for year and the locals lament
how much it has changed. But for
us it was a pretty cool place.
Another beach is within the harbor and is protected
from the ocean swells. The old
folks and families with young children hang out here. Water sports for the young and
swim training go on constantly in the summer.
Lots of boats are anchored or moored for free just off the beach.
Lastly there is the
Mount. With lots of pathways
this is a hikers dream. Take the
easy walk around the bottom or challenge yourself with the climb to the top. No matter what kind of shape you are in
there will be some Kiwi come along who will run or walk faster and make you
look like you are out of shape.
But those well developed Kiwi bodies make terrific eye candy. .
With its wonderful strip of side walk cafes, upscale
shopping and great beaches, Mt
Manganui was a strong reminder of our home town of White Rock.
Home sick we are! We used
the Mountain paths in our daily fitness regime.
here for a look at some Mt Manganui scenes.
Here for a panoramic look from the top
of the mountain.
really like this town. Our
good friend, Carol Noyes and her family live here.
They made us welcome in New Plymouth and showed us the town and their
magical Mount Taranaki.
The city of New Plymouth
is on the west coast facing the Tasman Sea. They have a killer park and venue for
music concerts. The venue is a
large natural bowl set within this beautiful park.
When we toured the park there were a half dozen acts underway some
musical and some child oriented but all good fun. A WOMAD concert and a half dozen other
popular bands put on shows while we were in New Zealand. Many cruisers took in shows here but
alas the timing didnt seem to work for us.
Check some New Plymouth scenery