Papamoa vacation rentals

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Popular amenities for Papamoa vacation rentals

Stay near Papamoa's top sights

Papamoa Plaza72 locals recommend
Papamoa Hills Regional Park127 locals recommend
Fashion Island Shopping Centre64 locals recommend
PAK'nSAVE Papamoa52 locals recommend
Kaiate Falls81 locals recommend
Papamoa Beach Tavern68 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Papamoa

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Papamoa

  • Total rentals

    950 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    100 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    190 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    710 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    21K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Papamoa

All About Papamoa

Papamoa is a long stretch of golden sand on the eastern fringe of the city of Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island, lapped by the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean in the Bay of Plenty. The beach is backed by a green coastal reserve, and behind that, the shops and residential streets have a village atmosphere, with cafes serving New Zealand’s popular flat white coffees.

Papamoa is a much-loved holiday beach for swimming and water sports. There is a surf lifesaving club in the center of the beach that provides patrolled areas for swimming. The waves are occasionally big enough to attract surfers, and surf-casting fishing is popular here. Picnic tables are shaded by evergreen pōhutukawas, which bloom brilliant red in December and are nicknamed the New Zealand Christmas tree. Away from the beach, stroll through the extensive parkland and waterways of the Wairakei Reserve or hit the Summerhill mountain bike park or inland golf course.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Papamoa

New Zealand has a temperate climate, and the Bay of Plenty area is known for particularly high levels of sunshine throughout the year. As it is in the Southern Hemisphere, seasons in New Zealand are opposite to what you are used to in the US. The summer months last from November through April, with February being the hottest. Make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen at all times as the UV rays can be very strong, even when temperatures are not high. On Saturdays in the summer, the Papamoa Pony Club hosts Little Big Markets, with gourmet food trucks and craftspeople selling their wares, as well as live music and kids’ entertainment.

Christmas and January are the busiest time of the year, and Papamoa accommodations can get booked up quickly. Fall and spring remain warm, and with fewer visitors, this may be the ideal time to come. The coolest months are June and July, but it never gets too cold in Papamoa, and the winter season is still great for outdoor activities, even swimming.

Top things to do in Papamoa

Boat cruise

The nearby wharves in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui offer opportunities for wildlife spotting by boat on the rich marine waters. You’ll have the chance to watch humpbacked and blue whales in the spring and autumn and orcas throughout the summer. You may also see penguins and hammerhead sharks. If you’re lucky, big pods of dolphins will cavort around the boat, and you’ll spot fur seals basking on island rocks.

Kaituna Wetland and Scenic Reserve

The Kaituna River has its mouth at the eastern end of Papamoa Beach and extends upstream through a scenic reserve. You can hike the well-kept Kaituna Wetland Loop Track through this lush area, which has a viewing area and information boards about the natural environment. Further upriver, the Kaituna is famous for whitewater rafting and kayaking.

Mount Maunganui

The extinct volcanic cone of Mount Maunganui can be seen from miles around, and at the summit, you’ll have views of the Bay of Plenty — from Papamoa Beach and the outlying islands sitting like green jewels in the sea to the blue smudge of the inland Kaimai Ranges. There are two summit tracks, depending on your fitness level. Oruahine is more gradual and has stunning views of the open ocean, while the Waikorire track is steeper and passes through lush native forest. For a more accessible option, take the base track around the mountain, which features sea views most of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do private suite rentals in Papamoa have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 private suite rentals with air conditioning in Papamoa. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there Papamoa house rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 90 house rentals with pools in Papamoa, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Do house rentals in Papamoa have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 house rentals with a gym in Papamoa. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in apartment rentals in Papamoa?

    Experience the best of Papamoa with our apartment rentals, starting at about $50 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Papamoa have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 190 house rentals with a bbq area in Papamoa. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there pet-friendly house rentals in Papamoa?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Papamoa. Choose from more than 150 house rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there family-friendly cottage rentals in Papamoa?

    Papamoa has more than 10 family-friendly cottage rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do house rentals in Papamoa have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 740 house rentals with wifi in Papamoa. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there private suite rentals with a dedicated workspace in Papamoa?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 20 private suite rentals in Papamoa featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Papamoa?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 190 homes with a bbq area, over 570 homes with air conditioning, over 40 homes with a gym, over 740 homes with wifi, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

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