Beautiful Tauranga is located in the Bay of Plenty. Without a doubt, this is my favorite place in New Zealand so far. It is a small little town located along the strand of beautiful beach that stretches from Mount Maunganui to as far as you can see. The walk around "the Mount" is lovely. It took about a half an hour - maybe more because of all the pictures I was taking. You can also hike to the top which takes about a half an hour. There are sheep on the mount and hardly any people. Walking around the mount, I passed by 10 people max. I believe that this is one of the best kept secrets of New Zealand (until now) and a local treasure. The town is adorable with little shops and cafes, the waves are perfect for surfing, and the water is crystal clear. I would move here right now if all the business wasn't in Auckland. Auckland is beautiful - don't get me wrong, but the Mount is breathtaking. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in my life.