Welcome to Tauranga in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, quite simply the most picturesque convention location!

Tauranga is proud to play host to the Blue2Green Marine Biotechnology Convention.  While you are here we would love to treat you to some memorable and enriching moments in this coastal playground.

White Island Volcano Tour

For a truly unique experience we invite you to cruise across the Bay of Plenty and explore the inner crater of New Zealand's most active volcano, White Island. This once in a lifetime trip is not to be missed and is our most popular tourist attraction. Experience roaring fumaroles, amazing colours and the sense of awe you get by stepping foot onto a live volcano!

Book your White Island tour here and use the promo code BLUE2GREEN for a 10% discount:

Taste of Plenty Tour

The Bay of Plenty region was named by explorer Captain Cook for its abundance of food supplies and bountiful Maori gardens. Today the region, along with all of New Zealand, is home to a food culture that celebrates freshness and flavour. This tour is a foodie’s delight. We invite you to take a unique, delicious, culinary adventure with Taste of Plenty.

Book your Taste of Plenty Tour here and use the promo code BLUE2GREEN for a 10% discount:

Take A walk up or around Mauao

Get a real sense of where you are with the most majestic view from the summit of Mauao (Mount Maunganui).  Mauao is an extinct volcanic cone and an iconic destination in the Bay of Plenty.  Situated by the eastern entrance to the Tauranga Harbour in New Zealand it boasts some of the best views of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.  Take a walk up ‘the Mount’ or a more relaxed walk around the base track.  This is an absolute must!

Tauranga Winery Tours

Experience a day of epicurean delights, visiting a boutique brewery, two medal-winning wineries and finishing with a cocktail and dessert overlooking the beautiful Tauranga Harbour. This fully narrated tour allows you to enjoy a diverse range of venues and variety of tastings.

Book your Winery Tour here and use the promo code BLUE2GREEN for a 10% discount:

Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set

Experience the magic of Hobbiton. Step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as featured on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. This is the only purpose built film set in the world where the public can go to enjoy and experience it as it is in the movie. Just 45 minutes travel from Tauranga, this is a simply magical tour!

Book your Hobbiton tour here and use the promo code BLUE2GREEN for a 10% discount:

Visit Rotorua’s Thermal Pools

Rotorua is famous for its volcanic and geothermal features including spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and colourful sinter terraces. Just 63km away and an easy 45-60 minute drive, Rotorua is a must-see destination.

Book your Rotorua Tour here and use the promo code BLUE2GREEN for a 10% discount

Enjoy a day out in our city centre

We have a fabulous retail therapy package that ladies will love. Visit some of our most iconic fashion boutiques and enjoy a relaxing spa session, a delicious lunch and a visit to our Tauranga Art Gallery and other hot spots. Look out for your Downtown Tauranga experience pack in your conference bag.

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A sense of place – Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty

Tauranga is New Zealand’s fifth largest city with a population in excess of 128,000, and is positioned in the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand’s fastest growing region. With a sub-tropical climate and an idyllic and extensive shoreline, Tauranga is a centre of excellence for horticulture and marine based industries. With business growth and job growth well above the national average, a recognised and growing innovation hub, a vibrant and contemporary city centre and strong infrastructure growth, this is a fast-paced and energised city and region.

Location, location, location

This area is one of New Zealand’s top holiday destinations for New Zealanders and international travellers.  One of the sunniest places in New Zealand, Tauranga’s annual average temperature is 15C.  Over winter months the average temperature drops to 10.6C and rises to 19C over summer.

There is plenty to see and do while you are here and our enviable location in the ‘golden triangle’ of populations and economic prosperity between Auckland and Hamilton means getting to and from Tauranga and getting around, while you are here, is easy.