The 10 Best Things to Do in Papamoa, New Zealand

March 2, 2018 Oliva Fomby

Papamoa Beach is a suburb of Tauranga, located about 11 kilometres from the city centre. It is the largest residential suburb in Tauranga, having a population of 20,091 at the 2013 census. It is bordered to the west by Mount Maunganui (east of Sunrise Avenue and Hibiscus Avenue), the east by the Kaituna River (separating it from the Western Bay of Plenty District) and to the south by State Highway 2. Papamoa Beach has 16km of white sandy beach stretching from the boundary with Mount Maunganui in the west to the Kaituna River in the east. Widespread settlement of the area did not start until the early 1980s and prior to this Papamoa Beach had been largely a rural area. Once a small and tight knit community, many of Papamoa Beach's sweeping paddocks have been swallowed up by urban development. Papamoa Beach is currently one of the fastest growing suburbs of Tauranga, with many different subdivisions developing concurrently on different blocks of land on the fringes of the suburb.
Restaurants in Papamoa

1. Papamoa Beach

Papamoa, New Zealand
Excellent
71%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Papamoa Beach

Reviewed By brg68mga - Papamoa, New Zealand

Beautiful sand with an amazing surf that is safe for all.
Papamoa beach has so much to offer from sunbathing, swimming, lifesaving facilities and fishing to just chilling out and walking along a pristine piece of NZ coastline.
As I said, "it would have to be one of the best Beaches in NZ" and certainly worthy of a visit.

2. Mount Maunganui Summit Track

Adams Ave, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Mount Maunganui Summit Track

Reviewed By BoaterTony - Waretown, New Jersey

There are two routes to the top, hard and less hard. To be fair the easier route isn't too bad. Many people of all ages walking the day we went it was so nice to see so many people walking this track. Highly recommend this for exercise and a great view.

3. Looking Glass Garden

558 Te Puke Quarry Road, Te Puke 3183, New Zealand +64 7-573 8526
Excellent
47%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Looking Glass Garden

Reviewed By Di L - Papamoa, New Zealand

Taking a drive around the area we came across the Looking glass Garden and ventured in....although the leaves were falling the Gardens were well laid out and look like a place to visit in the spring or summer to get the best out of the area. The views are some what awesome and the little areas that one comes across are quite quirky.
will visit in summer

4. Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park

State HIghway 2 on Popular Lane, Papamoa, New Zealand
Excellent
47%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park

Reviewed By TeamIan - Tauranga, New Zealand

This was my first visit to this track and I was surprised to see quite a number of people using it as a fitness/walking track on a weekday morning. I even heard a comment or two comparing this walk to that of Mount Maunganui Summit Track. Definitely a hard walk up to the summit, though the tracks were well maintained and wide. The trees along the track have been felled, with replanting taking place now, so we were fully exposed to the elements during our walk, and the land itself is quite barren in appearance. Public toilets are available on site at the carpark, and there are numerous picnic benches and tables along the track where you can take a rest if needed.

5. Mount Maunganui Base Track

Adams Ave, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand +64 7-577 7000
Excellent
77%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 662 reviews

Mount Maunganui Base Track

Reviewed By rogerrobert98 - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Lots to look at and explore and one or two trees to climb. fairly flat for the oldies but quite a way to go al lthe way around

6. Corporate Tours Tauranga Day Tours

59 Gravatt Road, Papamoa 3118, New Zealand
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 26 reviews

Corporate Tours Tauranga Day Tours

Reviewed By Sid_Fernwilter - Melbourne, Aus

Looking for something to do while in port (Tauranga), we chose a trip to Rotorua with Paul of Corporate Tours. Comfortable mini-bus stocked with water and has wi-fi available. We had a great day, the main attraction being Te Puia. We also saw plenty of sights around Rotorua and a quick stop at Kiwi 360 on the way. Paul is a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Recommended..

7. Mt Maunganui Main Beach

Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mt Maunganui Main Beach

Reviewed By EnglishCanadian - Brit in Canada

A great place to walk or relax after a trip up Mt Maunganui ! Clean sands lovely warm water. Tide was going out during our visit and there was a bit of an undertow. The views along the beach and the mountain are splendid. The ocean front drive is lined with shops and cafes. Great relaxing place.

8. PoweRide Electric Bike Hire

535 Papamoa Beach Road | Papamoa Beach, Papamoa 3118, New Zealand +64 21 249 0533
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
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0%
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5 based on 4 reviews

PoweRide Electric Bike Hire

PoweRide Electric Bike Hire allows you the freedom of riding to the Mount or Tauranga without the hassle of the parking. Enjoy the sights, at an easy pace without the hard work. Travel up to 25kph power assisted. Use a mountain bike or a step through. Safety Helmets, Locks and high vis vests are supplied. Enjoy a cruise on a PoweRide Electric Bike. You will never look at cycling the same.

Reviewed By jenny074 - new Zealand

We are two couples in our late 60s and we found the electric bikes awesome we cycled from Papamoa across the causeway to Tauranga we did 36k all up no trouble at all a brilliant way to get around

9. Pilot Bay

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand +64 7-575 5099
Excellent
69%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 288 reviews

Pilot Bay

Reviewed By Ken H - Guisborough, United Kingdom

With a board walk the full length of the beach this is an ideal way to allow lunch to digest.
We walked and sat here most days with coffee shops close by and an excellent ice cream kiosk all tastes are catered for.
Good views of the shipping going in and out of port,nfushermen, swimmers paddle boarders and children playing in the safe shallow waters.
Time it right and you see school children being taught to paddle outrigger canoes.

10. Kaiate Falls

Kaiate Falls Rd, Tauranga 3175, New Zealand
Excellent
59%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Kaiate Falls

Reviewed By Nicole H - Hobart

Ok we went on a rainy day, after two days rain. This was a spectacular display of nature. There are two huge Waterfalls, take the time to see both. The track has lots and lots of steps and is a hard slog particularly on the way back up, but I am a 50 year old Pooh shaped lady and I made it (with a few rest breaks). My 10 year old did it easy. The walking in total was probably around an hour with time to admire the Waterfalls. The road in was long and windy but sealed the entire way and there is a small car park (with warning signs about thieves), there are signs saying don’t swim (there was no way we would have swam with that amount of water and power anyway).
Recommend seeing these Falls, particularly after rain, possibly the best falls we have seen in a long time.

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