Tauranga is located at the head of a large harbour which extends along the western Bay of Plenty, and is protected by Matakana Island.
The town and headland of Mount Maunganui stand at the entrance to the harbour, 5km north of Tauranga. "The Mount", as it is known, is often regarded as a satellite town of Tauranga, although it is technically a suburb. It is one of the major resort cities in New Zealand, famous for its beautiful beaches.
The lush parks and golden beaches of Tauranga make it a popular destination for outdoorsy folk and watersport lovers.