Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty provides a chance to unwind and enjoy the sunshine in a stunning coastal playground that offers a myriad of outdoor activities on its endless beaches, out on the water, and in the bountiful hinterland with its forest-clad hills. Head offshore to circumnavigate White Island, an active volcano just off the coast.

Around the Bay of Plenty Region

The Bay of Plenty was named by Captain Cook in the 18th Century and the moniker remains apt. Renowned for its bounty of produce – including the famous kiwifruit – the region’s sunshine and mild climate are the perfect complement to the long arc of its coastline. Hit the beach or explore the hinterland with its forest walks, white-water rafting and fruit farms.

Regional Destinations

Waihi Beach Popular beach getaway boasting excellent surf. Katikati The ‘mural town’ is a small arty village. Tauranga Small but sophisticated harbourside city. Mount Maunganui Beach resort renowned for great surf and sand. Te Puke Kiwifruit capital of New Zealand. Whakatane Base for visits to volcanic White Island. Ohope Popular summertime beach resort. Opotoki Relaxed beach town and gateway to Eastland.

Highlights

Climb to the top of Mauao (Mount Maunganui). Learn all about the iconic kiwifruit at Kiwi 360. Soak in the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools. Brave an exciting white-water rafting adventure on the powerful Wairoa River. Take a flight over White Island (Whakaari). Relax on the white sands of Ohope Beach. Join a dolphin-watching boat cruise. Hike in the wilderness of Te Urewera National Park.

Dolphin Encounters

The Bay of Plenty is home to thousands of Common Dolphins. Join a dolphin-watching tour and experience the unforgettable thrill of meeting wild dolphins on their terms in the clear waters off Whakatane. Migrating whales are often spotted in the region too, among them the mighty Orca, Minke and Pilot Whales.