Bay of Plenty Travel Guide
The Bay of Plenty has a subtropical climate with warm, humid summers and mild winters. The region is one of the warmest in New Zealand, particularly along the coastline, and most areas experience at least 2,000 hours of sunshine per annum.
The favourable climatic and growing conditions around the bay's coast make this area a major fruit and vegetable growing region, with major crops including kiwifruit and apples. There is also productive pastoral land along the coast utilised for sheep and dairy farming.
The main city in the Bay of Plenty is Tauranga, which has one of New Zealand's largest ports and is visited by cruise ships on a regular basis. Specialist tour companies operate cruise ship land excursions for visitors as well as fishing, diving and boat charters.
Mt Maunganui is a town in the Bay of Plenty located on a peninsula to the north of Tauranga, and is a popular destination for holidaymakers. Ocean Beach, overlooked by the extinct voncanic cone of Mt Maunganui provides great surfing. It is lined with beachside cafes and holiday apartments.
The town of Whakatane in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is situated 90km east of Tauranga, and is the departure point to visit the active volcanic island White Island. Guided tours to White Island by both sea and air are available to visitors. Diving and fishing around White Island are other popular activities in the area.
The Bay of Plenty is famous for its diverse Maori cultural tours, and offers a wide variety of family activities. Accommodation varies to suit all budgets - from luxury lodges, bed & breakfast lodges and motels to budget backpacker hostels and family holiday parks.
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