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Katikati Heritage Museum

One km south of Katikati, this museum that looks like a big red barn, provides an intriguing glimpse into the town’s history as the only planned Ulster Irish settlement in the world. Displays include New Zealand’s largest bottle collection and moa bones.  There’s a...

Tauranga Military Collection

Whether you’re into ‘boy’s toys’ a history buff, or simply curious, the Tauranga Military Collection (part of the Classic Flyers Museum) certainly delivers. This collection of U.S. and British militaria – one of the best in the country – covers everything from...

Hobbiton

The rural Waikato town of Matamata, a centre of horse racing and breeding, is better known these days for tours of the former Lord of the Rings movie set. About half an hour’s drive from Tauranga across the Kaimai Ranges, this is rolling green farmland, is one of the...

Classic Flyers NZ & Tauranga Military Collection

Tauranga’s very own aviation museum, showcasing classic aircraft from a bygone era, and Bay of Plenty flying history and memorabilia. Classic Flyers has its own Av-Gas Café and Bar. Next door, in another hangar, is the excellent Tauranga Military Collection of rare...

Classic Flyers NZ & Tauranga Military Collection

Tauranga’s very own aviation museum, showcasing classic aircraft from a bygone era, and Bay of Plenty flying history and memorabilia. Classic Flyers has its own Av-Gas Café and Bar. Next door, in another hangar, is the excellent Tauranga Military Collection of rare...

Katikati Bird Gardens

This is a great family destination. Set up in 1976, the extensive, private harbourside gardens showcase an extensive range of native and exotic plant and bird life, including colourful cockatoos and lorikeets, and peacocks that can be fed by hand. There are golf cart...