Bay of Plenty Information
Bay of Plenty - Great Surfing , Great Cusine
Famous for its golden beaches, the Bay of Plenty is unsurprisingly popular with surfers and kayakers, who flock here to enjoy the year-round mild climate. Stretching nearly 100 miles from Waihi Beach to Whakatane, there's no shortage of places to catch those waves, and the stunning landscape framing the Bay, is an added bonus that brings visitors back here year after year.
Other popular activities include: land-sailing (known as 'blokarting'); dolphin trips; skydiving; parasailing; and jet-boating; whilst diving and fishing enthusiasts will be kept busy with the wide variety of offshore islands, reefs and fishing spots the Bay has to offer. If you want to wind down altogether, you won't have to go far for that perfect spa or indulgent hot pool - your only problem will be...having to move!
Surf Town - Mount Maunganui
|1. Enjoy the surf at Mount Maunganui|
|2. Take a volcanic excursion to White Island|
|3. Skydive into one of the North Island's most scenic drop zones|
|4. Go white-water rafting on the grade 5-rated Wairoa River|
|5. Swim with the dolphins off Tauranga's coast|
Five miles from the city centre, Tauranga airport serves all other major airports around the country, via Air New Zealand. Flights from Auckland take around 40 minutes, and 75 minutes from Wellington. Budget airline Pacific Blue flies three times a week from Sydney and Brisbane, to Hamilton, from where the Bay of Plenty is an easy 90 minute drive away.
If you prefer a road trip, the region is just a few hours drive from Auckland, and provides a great base from which to explore the central North Island; Rotorua, the Coromandel Peninsula and Lake Taupo are within easy reach.
William Gilbert Rees Statue, Q...
Shotover River, Queenstown
Steamer Wharf, Queenstown
Queenstown Arts and Crafts Mar...
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