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Accommodation Guide to Tauranga

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WHERE TO FIND CHEAP ACCOMMODATION IN Tauranga.

Find a place to stay in the Bay of Plenty’s most popular city! Whether you’re here for a quick beachfront getaway along the beautiful stretches of Mount Maunganui and Papamoa Beach, or staying long-term in Tauranga for work on your working holiday, your going to need to find cheap accommodation in Tauranga.

Because Tauranga is a pretty big city (for New Zealand), we have put together a quick list of the city suburbs where you are likely to find some cheap accommodation, as well as outlining how far away they are from Tauranga’s city centre. This accommodation guide to Tauranga is also split into accommodation types, so you can just skip straight to your preferred accommodation style!

So find a place to stay in Tauranga using our nifty accommodation guide to Tauranga!

WHICH Tauranga DISTRICT TO FIND ACCOMMODATION?

There is accommodation found all over Tauranga. Here’s a quick rundown on what to expect in each Tauranga suburb in relation to Tauranga’s city centre. For more about Tauranga, check out Tauranga and Mt Maunganui – Guide for Backpackers.

Note: CBD  refers to “Central Business District” i.e. Tauranga city centre.

  • Tauranga Central – Location: city centre, Distance from CBD: you’re in it, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$135, Average hostel night: NZ$28-$30.
  • Tauranga South – Location: south of city centre, Distance from CBD: 8min drive/35min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Judea – Location: west of city centre, Distance from CBD: 10min drive/45min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$165.
  • Brookfield – Location: west of city centre, Distance from CBD: 8min drive/50min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$200.
  • Otumoetai – Location: northwest of city centre, Distance from CBD: 7min drive/45min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$170, Average hostel night: NZ$27-$29.
  • Matapihi – Location: east of city centre, Distance from CBD: 16min drive/40min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Maungatapu – Location: southeast of city centre, Distance from CBD: 12min drive/1h10min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Mount Maunganui – Location: northeast of city centre, Distance from CBD: 12min drive/1h30min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$190, Average hostel night: NZ$28-$29.
  • Bellevue – Location: west of city centre, Distance from CBD: 10min drive/1hour walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Matua – Location: northwest of city centre, Distance from CBD: 10min drive/1h5min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Bethlehem – Location: west of city centre, Distance from CBD: 8min drive/1h15min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$190.
  • Gate Pa – Location: south of city centre, Distance from CBD: 9min drive/40min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$145.
  • Tauriko – Location: southeast of city centre, Distance from CBD: 27min drive, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Pyes Pa – Location: south of city centre, Distance from CBD: 25min drive walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$180.
  • Welcome Bay – Location: southeast of city centre, Distance from CBD: 15min drive/1h30min walk, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$190.
  • Papamoa – Location: southeast of city centre, Distance from CBD: 15min drive, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Papamoa Beach – Location: east of city centre, Distance from CBD: 20min drive, Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
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Hostels in tauranga

There are 9+ backpacker hostels in Tauranga, from the conveniently located Tauranga city central hostels to the beach side hostels in Mount Maunganui.

Because Mount Maunganui in particular is a tourist hotspot with limited hostels, plus many backpackers stay in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui during the picking season, make sure you book your nights in advance, especially during the peak season (summer). Do this especially for the hostels mentioned in 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.

Expect a Tauranga hostel to be NZ$27-30 per dorm bed per night. You can always keep the cost of living down along with an extended stay by working for accommodation in a Tauranga hostel. For tips, have a look at How to Find Work for Accommodation in New Zealand.

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Renting a room in Tauranga

Renting a room is common practice in Tauranga to keep the price to minimum when staying in Tauranga long-term, usually done if you have landed a job in Tauranga as part of a working holiday.

Expect room prices to be around NZ$160 per week. That’s a room to yourself in a flatshare or houseshare. You may find cheaper, around the NZ$120 per week mark, for a shared room.

For advice on how to find a room to rent in Tauranga, have a look at our 6 Resources to Find a Room to Rent in New Zealand. Renting a room involves a more complicated process than staying in short-term accommodation, so get clued up by reading The Paperwork Process of Renting or Flatting in New Zealand.

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Airbnb in Tauranga

Stay with a local in Tauranga! AirBnB, the online network of people’s “spare rooms” available for accommodation, is pretty popular in Tauranga, but more for the luxurious traveller…

Although the average price for a room in Tauranga is NZ$145 per night, it is possible to find accommodation around the NZ$30-$45 price range across the Tauranga suburbs, especially in Otumoetai, Tauranga South, Welcome Bay, Papamoa Beach and Mount Maunganui. Your first night with Airbnb is on us with this FREE NZ$45 Airbnb credit!

Consider an AirBnB room for more convenient suburban location and something different from the hostel experience.

For more information on Airbnb, check out Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb in New Zealand and 10 Tips to Make the Most of Airbnb in New Zealand.

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holiday parks and campgrounds in Tauranga

Tauranga has a huge variety of commercial holidays park and freedom camping spots.

Freedom camping is permitted in reserves, car parks and some roads all across Tauranga only if you have a certified self-contained vehicle. Check out Freedom Camping in Tauranga for the complete list of where to camp.

For those who don’t have a self-contained vehicle, or want to make use of facilities, there are a number of holiday parks to choose from in Bethlehem, South Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa Beach. Expect camp prices to start between NZ$10-44 per campsite per night.

For information about camping, check out Camping in New Zealand and Accommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand.

 

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