Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty is one of New Zealand’s biggest tourist destinations.

Visitors can enjoy a unique unending coastline of sweeping, white sandy beaches with great surf, sheltered bays and inlets safe for swimming. Explore everything from the laidback café culture lifestyle of Mount Maunganui to the wonderful sights of Rotorua’s thermal wonderland in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

We have listed a few local amenities and local attractions that within easy walking distance and are practically located right here on the doorstep of Bethlehem Motor Inn.

Local Amenities

  • Bethlehem Town Centre (Countdown, Kmart, Hammer Hardware, retail shops and a variety on food and beverage options)
  • The Orchard Bar & Resturant
  • Somerset Cottage
  • Waimarino Kayak Park
  • Waverly on Wairoa for conference and event hire
  • Te Puna Quarry Park Gardens
  • Fernland Spa (hot pools)
  • Charlamagne Lodge

Short drive to...

  • 15 minute drive Omokoroa Beach
  • Ataahua - Garden Venue 
  • 8 Minute Drive to Tauranga CBD
  • 20 Minute drive to Mount Maunganui main Beach
  • 15 Minute drive to Bay Park/Trustpower Arena
  • 45 minute drive to Rotorua

The Orchard Restaurant & Bar

A great local casual dining restaurant and bar for all.
Relax and unwind in the ambience where you can enjoy delicious food, quality drinks and great people.
The Orchard offers quality food at a reasonable price, made from as many local products as the market has available. Enjoy the range of premium beers, wines and spirits in Bethlehems first Heineken Bar.

Open 11am until Late
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Somerset Cottage Restaurant

Established in 1986, as a small family owned restaurant, Somerset continues to be run today by Rick and Anne, who are still passionate about all that they do, and focused on embracing the enormous shifts that have happened in the NZ food and wine scene over the time the restaurant has been open.

Sustainability, seasonality, food that tastes delicious. 

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Bloom Cafe at Décor Gardenworld

Bloom Cafe is one of Tauranga's best cafes, set in a beautiful garden centre with numerous options of seating areas. Team Bloom's top priority is great food, at great prices, with great customer service!

Enjoy great coffee, specialty teas, moist cakes, and a delicious range of food.  All ingredients are fresh, locally sourced, and then prepared and baked daily. Café Blooms menu is both diverse and exciting with gluten free options; including a fabulous kids menu that even the fussiest eater will love.

Come along and relax in the new lounge areas, the covered deck, or in the gardens. Decor has a great outdoor children's play area with picnic tables and seating for the grown-ups. Enjoy your food and drinks whilst soaking up the sun, while the kids have a ball on the slide, swings and trampoline.

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Waimarino Water & Adventure Park

Waimarino Adventure Park is a tranquil paradise situated on the banks of the Wairoa River just 10 minutes from Tauranga city. The Park provides the perfect day out for the entire family. Bring your togs, barbeque supplies or picnic and make a day of it with friends and family.

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Fernland Spa

Enjoy a relaxing soak. Tauranga's original 100% Thermal Mineral Pools. Many come to the springs to revitalize and get back to nature. Visitors often feel healthier and happier after a relaxing soak. Experience the health benefits of bathing in 100% pure soda, crystal clear non-chlorinated mineral water flowing constantly in all hot pools. Enjoy the ambiance of the Main pool or a Spacious Private Spa. Fernland Spa’s close proximity to Tauranga’s attractions and natural beauty ensures a relaxing stay.

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Enjoy local parks and nature walk

Bethlehem is home to many beautiful parks and nature walkways

  • Te Puna Quarry – A community park with a beautiful wonderland atmosphere, perfect for picnics. Includes flower gardens, walkways, and a butterfly garden.
  • McLarens Fall Park – picturesque location for bushwalks, over 190 hectares of space to wander, and a beautiful lake to view. You can also sit and relax with a coffee at ‘The Falls café’ in the park.
  • Gordon Carmichael Reserve – an oasis of native plants and wetlands, very close to Bethlehem. An excellent spot for walking, cycling, and viewing native plants and wildlife.

Additionally, Marshall’s Animal Park is a popular location for family exploration. The 35 acres of park attraction is excellent for all ages. Learn about farm animals and exotic species alike, with the possibility of feeding and patting them too.

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The Historic Village

Tauranga is a mixed cocktail of culture! Come and experience it for yourself in The Historic Village, an artistic collection of replica and original building from early Tauranga, featuring local cafes, salons, shops, and movie theatre.

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Tauranga Art Gallery

The Tauranga Art Gallery is less than 15 minutes out of Bethlehem and the outstanding historical and contemporary art is well worth the visit.

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