bay of plenty

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The Bay of Plenty is an area on the northern coast of New Zealand. It runs from the Coromandel Peninsula to Cape Runaway iand has a coastline of around 260km. The region's main centre is Tauranga and has popular destinations in the form of Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. The region is also home to the heart of the kiwifruit industry in Te Puke, the art-loving town of Katikati, quiet coastal village of Waihi Beach, historic Maketu and the tourist activity centre of Paengaroa. With awesome scenery, plenty of water sports, cultural experiences, museums and walking tracks, the Bay of Plenty is a brilliant spot to make part of your trip.

our opinion

The Bay of Plenty is a hidden gem on the traveller scene. Not all of the bus tours stop there but we definately recommend you make your way there for a few days at least. Mount Maunganui is a great town with beautiful beaches great for surfing. The famous Mount stands proud over the area and is well worth a hike up so see some great views of the region. Tauranga is the main town in the area and can be accessed from the Mount by bus or a cheap taxi and is excellent for a night out with a good mix of chilled bars and busy clubs. It's a great spot to find work in one of the cafes or bars and for those of you looking to do some fruit picking or packing, there is a big demand for backpackers in the kiwi fruit industry.

A few Must Do's

a great place to stay

  • Rent a board for a few days, hit the beach and ride some great waves in Mt. Maunganui

      • Take a trip to the active volcano on White Island by sea or air

          • Climb the Mount - A great walk with amazing views of the bay as your reward

              • Have a night out in Tauranga, it's one of the nightlife hotspots of the North Island

Pacific Coast Lodge is a big friendly hostel with massive communal areas and a great vibe about it. Great staff and a fully equipt kitchen, it also has a great area outside for relaxing and BBQ's on warm evenings. Try booking ahead as in the summer it does get busy. Definately stay there if you head to the Mount.

Other things to Do and see

Horse Treks

Spring Loaded Fun Park
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Kayak Tours