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  1. Entire guest suite
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Papamoa Beach Seaspray

Beautiful renovated self contained ground floor accommodation with separate bedroom and kitchenette at lovely Papamoa Beach (approx 50m stroll). Our AirBnB is downstairs of the main family beach house and has its own access. Safe, secure and relaxed environment with off street parking behind large gates available if required. Normal parking is off the road and on the grass verge next to the Black brick wall by the mail box. Free WiFi and Netflix available with large LCD TV. No cleaning fees.

$55 per night
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Papamoa
New modern beachside apartment

The entire space is brand new from the carpet to the linen & towels. It is fresh warm & light. Only a 2minute walk to the beach & shops pubs & cafes. Off street parking for one car included

$65 per night
  1. Private room
  2. Papamoa
Little Paradise in quiet Papamoa

Papamoa is known for its beautiful long beach, vibin’ atmosphere, and beautiful beach houses. This room captures incredible sunlight, is a 15 min walk or 5 minute drive or bike to the beach and is in a particularly quiet and tranquil part of Papamoa. This home is newly built, and the room barely ever occupied. The host has his own en suite, and never uses the main bathroom, though it might be used by another guest.

$26 per night

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Papamoa Beach Abode
$70 per night
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Seaside bach, holiday house, simplistic living.
$65 per night
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Papamoa Beach Studio - smell the sea air
$47 per night
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Papamoa Beach 1 Bedroom House - with beach access
$71 per night
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Beach hideaway
$63 per night
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Papamoa Retreat, Close to Cafes
$44 per night
  1. Private room
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Papamoa Gem
$44 per night
  1. Entire guest suite
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Cosy Papamoa Beach Escape
$60 per night
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  1. Private room
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Beach Holiday Cabin, Papamoa Beach
$44 per night
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The Hidden Gem - Relaxing & Private, 400m to Beach
$61 per night
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Entire house, private, 1 minute walk to beach
$103 per night
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‘A Stone’s Throw’ Papamoa Beach Studio, 200m>Beach
$66 per night

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.


How do I get around Papamoa?

Papamoa is a three-hour drive from New Zealand’s biggest international airport, Auckland Airport (AKL), and only 20 minutes from Tauranga Airport (TRG), which accepts connecting domestic flights. You can also travel from Auckland by InterCity bus in a little over four hours, changing in central Tauranga.

Papamoa Beach is served by three Bay Hopper bus routes, linking the suburb with Mount Maunganui and central Tauranga. To move about the region at your own pace, you can rent a car at the airport. You’ll find plenty of parking beside the beach and at most attractions. Papamoa is a flat area, perfect for cycling, and there are bike rentals available.


When is 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.


What are the 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.