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The Tauranga and Mount Maunganui region is great for getting out on the water. There’s a full range of boats to take you cruising, fishing, sailing, swimming with dolphins and even out to Tuhua (Mayor Island). Tauranga Wharf has recently been overhauled, with a barge converted into a finger pier from which a number of trips depart though others leave from Tauranga Bridge Marina, over on the Mount Maunganui side of the harbour.

Waimarino (waimarino.com) offers kayak trips on Tauranga Harbour and unguided exploration of the placid sections of the Wairoa River, or the iconic Glowworm Tour to the glowworm canyon on Lake McLaren.

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