10 Reasons to Visit the Bay of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand is one of the country’s most popular tourist spots. Here are just some reasons why you should plan a visit to this area.
1. White Island – New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. Located off the coast of Whakatane, visitors can take a tour to the island and explore the inner crater. White Island is also one of the country’s best diving locations.
2. Whakatane & Ohope – On the East Coast of the Bay of Plenty, these towns sit right beside the Pacific Ocean. Base yourself here to explore White Island, go on a whale & dolphin watch tour or trek the beautiful Nga Tapuwae O Toi bush track. Go fishing, play golf or jst browse through the many shops and restaurants in town.
3. Paengaroa – Located between Tauranga & Rotorua,
Paengaroa is a small village with a lot to offer. The town has unique
accommodation options and activities such as jet boating and horse riding
4. Tauranga – Tauranga is a harbour city that offers many outdoor adventure and water sport activities. It also has museums, shopping great wineries and galleries. The city is popular for swimming, surfing and sailing.
5. Mt Maunganui – ‘The Mount’ 15 minutes’ drive south of Tauranga, is a large extinct volcanic island, joined to the mainland by a sand strip that holds a popular beach vacation town of the same name. With many accommodation options, shops and restaurants, and exciting things to do, Mt Maunganui deserves its reputation as a place for holiday fun.
6. Maketu Beach - Midway between Mt Maunganui & Rotorua Maketu Beach is a stunning place to visit. Stay at the local holiday park, sit back and soak up the magnificent views of Motiti Island, Mayor Island, Okurei Point, Mount Maunganui and the Coromandel Peninsula.
7. Te Puke – 1 and a ½ hours drive south of Tauranga, Te Puke is a quiet country town famous for its kiwifruit and citrus orchards, dairy farms and honey producers. Te Puke has a range of antique shops, restaurants and craft galleries that bring visitors a rich experience.
8. Rotorua - Rotorua is a major tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the Bay of Plenty district. Rotorua is most famous for it’s Maori culture and geothermal activity. Visitors are well catered for with a huge range of accommodation and attractions for all ages.
9. Papamoa Beach – Papamoa Beach is renowned for its excellent fishing and surfing and the Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park. Papamoa has 16km of white sandy beach stretching from the boundary with Mount Maunganui in the west to the Kaituna River in the east. A shoppers paradise, Papamoa is home to Palm Beach Plaza and Fashion Island shopping centres.
10. Waihi – Waihi borders the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel Peninsula and is particularly noted as a gold mining town. The town is rich in fascinating history about the mining of gold and silver, and visitors can view a working mine. Nearby Waihi Beach is popular for surfing and is a great holiday destination. The Beach' as locals call it, also has a modern shopping centre, excellent restaurants and a whole range of accommodation.