In terms of available singles, Tauranga is amongst one of the most attractive destinations within New Zealand. In fact, according to New Zealand’s 2013 census, almost 41% of Bay of Plenty residents said they are single. Yet, it’s not always easy to make connections in Tauranga. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of some new (and not so new) ways to meet Tauranga singles.

Meeting People at Bars

Meeting people at bars is a tried and tested way of finding connections. Tauranga does not have as greater range of bars as other more populous regions, but it is still worth a look. However, people that frequent bars are generally after a short term relationship, so other ways may be better if it is a long term relationship you desire. Most of Tauranga’s bars are located in ‘The Strand’ which is an area that comxprises mainly restaurants and bars. Some popular bars include Groove Nightclub, The Phoenix, and Cornerstone. More restaurants and bars can found in Mount Maunganui, and these tend to be more upmarket, so be sure to keep this in mind depending on who you want to meet. If meeting people at bars is not for you, be sure to keep reading for more options.

Online Dating in Tauranga

Whilst there are no specific online dating sites for Tauranga, many national dating sites have high numbers of members from Tauranga. These include well-established dating agencies such as FindSomeone, Plenty of Fish,, and EliteSingles. If you prefer a less intensive approach, a dating application such as Tinder might be for you, although users with these are mainly seeking casual hook ups.

Speed Dating

Speed dating events are gaining popularity around the country, and Tauranga is no exception. While these events can be a fantastic way of meeting people, they do not happen all the time. They tend to be ran monthly, which can mean that it is not really a viable way of meeting lots of new people. There a few companies that offer speed dating in Taurange, including Amourlife, Tick Tock Dating, and – be sure to check out their sites to see when the next speed dating event is on in Tauranga.

Tauranga Singles Personals

A final option of meeting people in Tauranga is personals. These can be found in both newspapers (under classified) and online on sites such as Locanto and Craigslist. The catch is with these is that people using them are predominately looking for casual hook ups, so if you are looking for a long term relationship, you may have to look elsewhere. These sites are also frequented by scammers and fake profiles, so if you do use them, make sure you are vigilant.

Date Ideas for Tauranga

Tauranga has a wide range of romantic date ideas – it was recently featured on the New Zealand Bachelor. Read below for our list of date ideas.

  • Horse trekking
  • Going to the beach
  • Water sports such as kite surfing
  • Going out to a restaurant
  • Visiting the Mount Maunganui Lookout

No matter what you do, be sure to be yourself. Read our other articles for more information on dating!

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