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Tauranga is a vibrant city located in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand and is surrounded by sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, the harbor, the Kaimai mountain ranges and Mount Maunganui. It is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty and one of New Zealand's main business hubs as well as a centre for international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science. Tauranga has several areas that are historically significant and are worth the visit. This dynamic region provides those visiting the opportunity of choosing from a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. There are some Muslim-friendly facilities in Tauranga that Muslim tourists can make use of. Some popular outdoor activities that visitors can choose from, include; mountain biking, white water rafting, kite surfing, swimming, surfing, golfing, fishing, diving, kayaking, and hiking. Those interested can also arrange a dolphin watching tour as well as one to an active island volcano. Tauranga is located just a mere 15 minute drive from Mount Maunganui, which is one of New Zealand's most popular beach towns, the beaches here are great for surfing among other things. While here, visitors must pay a visit to Mauao, which is a culturally and historically significant extinct volcanic cone. There are a couple of tracks that lead to the summit, some more challenging than others. Once at the summit, visitors are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Pacific Ocean as well as the harbor and beach. There is a large pa (fort) site located on top, making Mauao a popular archaeological site as well. Another must-visit when in Tauranga is the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. This park is a well-known living museum of natural botanical history. It spans over an area of around 45,000 hectares and is made up of two distinct areas, the Kaimai Range and the Mamaku Plateau. Visitors to the park can explore its 300 kilometres worth of tracks and take part in guided activities, tramping, biking, and hunting, and might also come across a variety of flora and fauna; including ones that are endangered. The main three attractions in the park include; Mount Te Aroha , which is the park’s highest point, the Kaimai Heritage Trail and Karangahake Gorge, where tourists will learn a little about gold mining and its history. Visitors to the city can also indulge in a bit of shopping, visit the Classic Flyers Museum and can try out some local dishes at the many cafés and restaurants located in Tauranga....more

Tauranga, New Zealand

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Tauranga is a vibrant city located in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand and is surrounded by sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, the harbor, the Kaimai mountain ranges and Mount Maunganui. It is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty and one of New Zealand's main business hubs as well as a centre for international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science. Tauranga has several areas that are historically significant and are worth the visit. This dynamic region provides those visiting the opportunity of choosing from a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. There are some Muslim-friendly facilities in Tauranga that Muslim tourists can make use of.

Some popular outdoor activities that visitors can choose from, include; mountain biking, white water rafting, kite surfing, swimming, surfing, golfing, fishing, diving, kayaking, and hiking. Those interested can also arrange a dolphin watching tour as well as one to an active island volcano. Tauranga is located just a mere 15 minute drive from Mount Maunganui, which is one of New Zealand's most popular beach towns, the beaches here are great for surfing among other things. While here, visitors must pay a visit to Mauao, which is a culturally and historically significant extinct volcanic cone. There are a couple of tracks that lead to the summit, some more challenging than others. Once at the summit, visitors are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Pacific Ocean as well as the harbor and beach. There is a large pa (fort) site located on top, making Mauao a popular archaeological site as well.

Another must-visit when in Tauranga is the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. This park is a well-known living museum of natural botanical history. It spans over an area of around 45,000 hectares and is made up of two distinct areas, the Kaimai Range and the Mamaku Plateau. Visitors to the park can explore its 300 kilometres worth of tracks and take part in guided activities, tramping, biking, and hunting, and might also come across a variety of flora and fauna; including ones that are endangered. The main three attractions in the park include; Mount Te Aroha , which is the park’s highest point, the Kaimai Heritage Trail and Karangahake Gorge, where tourists will learn a little about gold mining and its history.

Visitors to the city can also indulge in a bit of shopping, visit the Classic Flyers Museum and can try out some local dishes at the many cafés and restaurants located in Tauranga.

Nearby Airports

Tauranga’s nearest major airport is Tauranga Airport which is easily accessible and is about 6 kilometres from the city center. The closest international Airport to Tauranga is the Rotorua International Airport located in Rotorua and is approximately 74 kilometres away.

Halal Restaurants

There are only a couple of Halal eateries and restaurants in Tauranga due to its small Muslim population. Most local restaurants in the city also serve vegetarian options which could be a fall-back for Muslims who are not able to find Halal food in Tauranga. Muslim tourists need to be warned that even though some restaurants claim to be Halal, they do serve alcohol.

Since New Zealand exports a large amount of meat to Halal countries all around the world, Muslim visitors can also inquire about the availability of Halal meats at the local butchery. 

Mosques

There is a mosque in Tauranga. The Tauranga Muslim Association Inc which is also known as the Tauranga Masjid, serves the city’s Muslim community and can be used by Muslim tourists for regular daily prayers as well as Jumu’ah.

Things to Do and See in Tauranga

  • Mauao  
  • McLaren Falls
  • Port of Tauranga
  • Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park
  • Tauranga Harbour
  • Classic Flyers Museum
  • Wide range of outdoor activities
  • No Airport found.
  • Halal Food Guide Launched by Tourism New Zealand

    Breath taking landscapes, icy cold mountains, crystal clear waters, greenery as far as the eye can see, all these phrases would never be sufficient to describe the natural beauty New Zealand comprises of. Due to its natural features the country is an iconic location for film makers, to add that beautiful zing to movies. Well if directors all over the world fly thousands of miles due to the indescribable beauty of this country, it is without a doubt that New Zealand is a country that must be visited by any travel junkie. For Muslim travellers however the most tedious task in visiting a country with a Muslim minority in the community would be finding locations to obtain halal food. New Zealand is a country very well known for its tender and juicy roasts, barbeques , pies and mouthwatering desserts. It would be such a pity if any Muslim traveller was to visit this beautiful country and stick to vegan only dishes due to halal concerns specially if you are a person who loves tender and succulent meat. The Tourism New Zealand has decided to assist the huge crowd of Muslim travellers visiting the country each year by providing support to ensure that all Halal travellers are able to locate and find halal food at ease without any disappointments. In order to do so , they have issued a Halal food guide which features the list of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets and grocery stores where Muslim travellers would be able to locate halal food in New Zealand and eat to their hearts content without having any concern. Download the New Zealand Halal Food Guide here! Check out our Locals Guide to New Zealand! In 2016, The Halal food guide was previously released, featuring 567 halal listings of restaurants, cafes and supermarkets but the newer version features 289 more options added to the previous listing. The Halal Food Guide of New Zealand was compiled on the initiative of Tourism New Zealand along with the cooperation of "The Kiwi Muslim directory" (which is a portal where halal businesses, organizations, prayer locations and times are listed) and "FIANZ" (The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand).   User-friendly Picture Credit: production-editors.newzealand.com Picture Credit: production-editors.newzealand.com I am sure you have all experienced typing and searching through the internet for halal food options in any country that you may have visited. Reading each and every review, thousands and thousands of clicks and searches can make any trip frustrating. But if New Zealand is your next destination for your trip all you have to do is to download the halal food guide and you are good to go ! The Halal Food guide is designed so that it is user-friendly. The halal guide uses a symbol to categorize the three types of halal-friendly outlets available in the list. The categories included are; Certified by FIANZ: green circular symbol with a capital “F” in the centerMuslim-owned: purple circular symbol with a white tick at its centreVegan-only: green leaf symbol These symbols help any halal traveller to clearly identify and choose an eatery of their choice. Please note that the vegetarian eateries included in the guide are not halal certified or muslim-owned, but are claimed to be purely vegan. Hence, please check with the members of staff regarding any oil or other ingredients that may be impermissible (in Islam) before consuming. The Halal Food Guide of New Zealand covers a range of cities of the beautiful country, and the halal restaurant list is organized in a way which will easily enable Muslim travellers to locate halal food nearby. The guide is mainly divided into two sectors; one which is NORTH ISLAND and the other which is SOUTH ISLAND. In these sectors, you will find a list of the major cities of each island and the restaurants featured along with the addresses, telephone numbers and contact information. Therefore if you have any concern regarding the food served or any menu inquiries you can dial the phone right away. North island is further divided to Auckland (central, north, east, south and west are further divisions), Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Lake Taupao, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Whanganui, Wellington and Wairarapa and finally Manawatu . On the other hand, the South Island is further divided into Nelson and Marlborough, Canterbury, West coast, Southern Lakes, Dunedin and Southland. So whether your holiday to New Zealand is among the busy city lights in Auckland, or among the hills of Waikato or even at the Majestic Canterbury or maybe a mixture of all the cities over a couple of weeks. You will be able to locate restaurants, cafes, and even supermarkets out and about New Zealand, thanks to the halal food guide.   North Island Central AucklandIn Central Auckland you would be able to locate an abundant of spots to eat without any hassle what so ever. In this city, you will find a total of 72 spots featured, out of which 18 are vegan-only diners (not halal certified) and the rest of the restaurants are either owned by Muslims or certified by FIANZ. There also 9 bakeries and snack food places available in the halal food guide and five meat and grocery stores which are all certified by FIANZ for selling halal meat. North AucklandAt Northern Auckland you would be able to find some great spots for some Arabian food especially if you are a fan of grilled kebabs and chicken. The halal food guide includes 15 restaurants and 2 grocery stores in which you will be able to locate halal food . East AucklandAt East Auckland there are no halal bakeries and snack food options listed in the halal guide. However, there are 11 restaurants out of which three are beautiful restaurants that serve pizza, and are all halal certified. Southern AucklandIn Southern Auckland , you will have no worries buying yourself a good cut of halal meat to whip up a warm meal at home. The Halal Guide shows 16 meat and grocery stores that are either Muslim-owned or Fianz certified. Apart from the meat shops, the Guide includes a list of 5 bakeries and 34 restaurants which is quite a bigger number compared to East and North Auckland. Out of the 34 spots included in the halal guide, only 3 locations are vegan-only restaurants which serve traditional south Indian food while the rest of the locations are halal certified. West Auckland and WhangareiOptions are rather limited in these two locations. West Auckland is listed to have around 13 restaurants and a couple of meat and grocery stores. Most of the halal certified restaurants weigh towards the Indian and middle eastern cuisine. In Whangerei, there are only 2 locations listed in the halal guide, one being a grocery store and the other being a vegan-only Indian Restaurant. Hamilton, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Te Aroha and Te KuitiThese locations which are all situated just below Auckland contain quite a number of halal friendly restaurants but are not very much as concentrated as Auckland. There are a total of 7 restaurants throughout the 5 locations with Hamilton containing the majority. There are also a total of 3 meat and grocery stores throughout the 5 locations. TaurangaIf you are fond of visiting the beautiful volcano of Tauranga, your halal food options will be among the four restaurants included in the guide in which the majority is influenced by the Middle Eastern cuisine. Rotorua and Lake TapuoAdmire the beauty of the volcanic landscapes and geothermal fields of Rotorua and cruise on a beautiful boat ride along the magnificient Taupo lake while dining in one of the seven halal restaurant options available in the area. Majority of these restaurants are influenced by the middle eastern cuisine where you would be able to enjoy a yummy kebab platter and middle eastern flat breads. Unfortunately there are no halal grocery stores or bakery and snack food outlets recommended by the Kiwi Muslim directory. Hawke's BayEnjoy a stroll down beautiful lanscapes of the Hawke’s Bay and enjoy the beautiful climate of the region. While you are at it, you will have 8 options of restaurants to choose from. A highlight restaurant in the region is "Café Anatlia Turkish Cusine" which will serve you some mouth watering food to munch on during your beautiful stay. New Plymouth, Whanganui, Taihape and HaweraHalal food options are rather limited in these areas, with two meat and grocery stores at New Plymounth and Whanganui and all four locations have a total of seven options of restaurants to eat from. Although there are limited options of Halal food options, these areas are incredibly beautiful with their natural landscapes for you to admire. I definitely recommend that you give these places a go, while keeping track of your pit stops for some of the halal restaurants mentioned in the guide. Wellington and MastertonThis little stop before jumping over to South Island offers some great halal eateries for you. Both areas combined have 15 food options to choose from, 4 of them being vegan-only cafes and the rest of the eateries are Muslim owned for you to stock up on the meat.   South Island Nelson, Marlborough and MurchisonSo for our first stop at South Island, I have got to say halal options are rather limited in this area, with only 4 restaurants recommended by the halal guide. ChristchurchEnjoy the beauty of the Garden city of Christchurch which is adorned by beautiful flora as far as the eye can see. While you are at Christchurch make sure to dine at some of the best resturants in the area which are included in the halal guide. Pick your spot from the 10 restaurants and 5 halal-friendly grocery stores as per your preference. Unlike the other regions mentioned earlier, Christchurch has a variety of restaurants with different cuisines to choose from during your halal holiday to New Zealand. DunedinDunedin is a very great stop to all the Wildlife enthusiasts who visits New Zealand. It also has some great spots to grab halal food as seen on the list. With 12 options on the list, 11 are muslim-owned and one is a vegan-only eatery. Unfortunately the halal guide does not recommend any meat or grocery stores in the area. Queenstown and WanakaThe adventure capital of New Zealand which is Queenstown comprises of 2 recommended halal food outlets for Muslims where both are Turkish Restaurants, the same goes with Wanaka which has only one option in the list. From the guide it is clearly visible that halal food options are very much concentrated around North Island of New Zealand in which Central Auckland has an abundance of eateries for you to choose from. There are lesser options in the South Island, but be adventurous and don't miss the chance to go out and about the country while having the nearby halal restaurants in mind. Since there are telephone numbers and addresses included in the guide, planning your holiday to New Zealand is definitely going to be a piece of cake. Get your bags packed and head to the beautiful land of New Zealand where exciting thrills, beautiful landscapes and delicious food awaits you. For further information visit https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/halal-guide-for-new-zealand/   For more travel guides, check out our Halal travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic travel app to help locate Halal restaurants and prayer locations near you....

  • A Coastal Tour of Oceania

    There is no doubt that taking the best tours in the Pacific islands and Oceania will give you an unforgettable experience like no other. With numerous interesting islands and charming towns located coastal regions that are just too beautiful to miss – which why you should have a fun Halal tour in Oceania. Find out more about Muslim travel in Oceania so that you can have a Muslim-friendly vacation while visiting some amazing places.     Credit - Giphy.com     1. Fiji   Fiji is made up of over 300 islands and is popular for white, sandy beaches framed by the turquoise ocean - which are often the major highlight of any trip. Paradise Beach and Sunrise beach are especially popular. But those who are looking a beach paradise should stay over at the Mamanuca Islands that can be reached within a two-hour boat ride or a fifteen-minute plane ride from Nadi.   Fiji is also known for its gorgeous coral reefs with beautiful marine life too – so do go snorkelling or scuba diving if you can. There is a nice array of activities to enjoy in Fiji such as hiking, bird watching, whale watching and even zip lining.   Fiji is among the Halal-friendly destinations in Oceania. Muslim travellers will be able to find Halal food and restaurants in the cities of Suva and Nadi or go for seafood or vegetarian options if Halal options are not available. But always ask hotel or restaurant staff if Halal food is available before placing orders.   2. Norfolk Island   This small, beautiful island is located between Australia and New Zealand and should be part of your Australia and Oceania holidays. Not only can you admire the gorgeous sunset over the coast, but nature lovers can explore the islands by visiting popular national parks. Mt.Pitt and Mt Bates are the best places to get a bird’s eye view of the island and take in the amazing scenery.   Bird watching and hiking are some fun activities to enjoy, do keep an eye out for the regional wildlife and reptiles too. Don’t forget to drop by Emily Bay Lagoon for swimming and snorkelling near a serene beautiful beach.   Finding places that serve Halal food won’t be easy, however, you can stick to vegetarian or seafood options. But do ask the staff if pork products or alcohol are used in food preparations as well.     3. The Great Barrier Reef   You cannot miss the Great Barrier Reef if you are planning any Australia and Oceania holidays. The Great Barrier Reef is magnificent with colourful coral gardens and bright marine life – being the world’s largest coral systems too. It has always been one of the top attractions in Australia. You can even take a cruise from Port Douglas to the permanent activity platform and enjoy some snorkelling and diving too. The Cairns is the nearest city to the Great Barrier Reef, from where visitors can take day trips to Green Island in a glass-bottomed boat to observe marine life. The Cairns is where you will be able to find a few restaurants that serve Halal food, you can even get more information from the Cairns mosque too. However, some places might serve alcohol as well.   4. Bora Bora   This gorgeous French Polynesian island is famous for breathtakingly beautiful ocean scenery and lush rainforests – the perfect island getaway. Bora Bora is best known as top honeymoon destination as well. From snorkelling, scuba diving or hiking – there are plenty of engaging ways to explore the island. You can spend the day swimming or take a stroll by the white, sandy Matira beach. But pay a visit to the inactive volcano Mount Otemanu to hike up the summit   Finding Halal dining options will not be easy in Bora Bora. However, you can stick to vegetarian or seafood items instead. But first, find out if pork products or alcohol are used in food preparation from the restaurant or hotel staff.   5. Gold Coast   Tours and holidays in Australia and Oceania are not complete without exploring the Gold Coast in Queensland. There is plenty of fun to go around too – the Gold Coast is very popular for amazing beaches and excellent surfing spots. No surprises that jet skiing, swimming and surfing are some of the top activities to enjoy here. Burleigh Head Beach and Surfer’s Paradise Beach are must-visit spots too. It won’t be hard to find Halal restaurants in the Gold Coast since there is a significant Muslim population, which is ideal if you want to visit Halal-friendly destinations. You can even find out more information from The Gold Coast Islamic Centre as well.   6. The 12 Apostles   The 12 Apostles are located in Port Campbell National Park on the coast of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. The massive limestone stacks lining the coast make the perfect backdrop when taking your photographs to the beach. The best way to take in the view is by the plane ride or a hike along Great Ocean Road. Do check out the famous shipwreck site Loch Ard Gorge which is located north-west of the 12 Apostles as well.   It will be hard to locate Halal food in Great Ocean Road. But you will find Halal food options in Apollo Bay which are located more than an hour from the Port Campbell National Park.   7. Papamoa Beach   Papamoa Beach is located in the city of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. The beach has always been a favourite spot for picnics and fun beach activities such as kite-surfing and swimming. For something unique, you can visit the Blokart Recreation Park - a blokart is a compact land yacht with wheels on which you enjoy a thrilling ride. You can also go camping and enjoy the coast at the Seaview & Beachfront Campsites at the Papamoa Beach Resort.   There are a few Halal restaurants to be found in Tauranga, however, there are vegetarian dining options available too. Most restaurants do serve alcohol as well even though they serve Halal food.     Tours and holidays in Australia and Oceania will be more when you add these spots to your travel itinerary. Start planning your Muslim-friendly vacation and don’t miss out on these interesting places!   ...



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