BAY OF PLENTY REGION - NEW ZEALAND
The Bay of Plenty lies east of the Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges and south of the Coromandel peninsula. It's a place of beautiful harbours , long white surf beaches and an easy going lifestyle. Everything you need for a perfect holiday is here - sun, sand, sea and a myriad of great places to eat and shop.
The Pacific Coast Highway touring route brings travellers into the bay, and the city of Tauranga is often their first port of call. Located at the entrance to a beautiful natural harbour , Tauranga is a thriving commercial centre with a passion for good food, wine and stylish shopping with a nautical theme.
Two large marinas in Tauranga hold over a thousand yachts and launches, and there are numerous charter boat operators ready to take you out to the marlin waters offshore.
Rotorua is a smallish city on the shores of Lake Rotorua. The surrounding areas are a geothermal wonderland, with geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming craters - accompanied by the pervasive smell of sulphur. Rotorua is also a showcase of Maori cultural activities, a centre of tourism and a place of extraordinary natural beauty.
The resident population of the Bay of Plenty region was 257,379 as of the 2006 census.
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The thousands of visitors who were once lured to the Bay of Plenty by its beautiful beaches are now discovering Tauranga as a cosmopolitan lifestyle city where they can enjoy first-rate cuisine and local wines in any of the many cafes and restaurants. The shopping is tasty too. And when selecting accommodation, this city has it all—from boutique hotels and handy motels to beach baches and backpackers lodges.
The deep blue of the Pacific Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see, the vista interrupted only by surfers, wind surfers, small islands and boats carrying keen anglers in search of the stuff fishing legends are made of. There`s enormous scope here for adventure seekers.
Across the harbour from Tauranga, the horizon is dominated by the volcanic cone of Mauao . The mountain is shrouded in legend and history and provides an excellent hiking challenge. Mount Maunganui , the resort town at the base of the mountain, is focused on surf, adventure and fun.
The white sand beach that begins here at Mount Maunganui doesn`t stop until it reaches Whakatane , 100 kilometres to the east. Whakatane is the launching pad for expeditions to White Island . White Island is New Zealand `s only active marine volcano, and also one of the most accessible active volcanos in the world. Steam billows from its main crater and spurts of ash keep things interesting for visitors.
Also discover Te Puke, `the kiwifruit capital` of New Zealand.
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The sunny city of Tauranga will tempt you with marine adventures. Go sailing, fishing or dolphin watching to appreciate the coastal environment.
For around 55 days a year, Whakatane records the highest temperature in New Zealand. This sunny town is known for fishing trips and volcano visits.
Plan a refreshment stop in Katikati to see the murals – giant works of art painted on various buildings around the town. It’s an open air gallery.
The timber town of Kawerau promises a rare experience. You can tour the giant pulp and paper mill, which produces 900,000 tonnes of product per year.
Catch a wave at Mount Maunganui, or cruise the many cafés. This sunny resort town has lots of great places to stay and fun things to do.
The people of Te Puke get plenty of vitamin C, because this town is the hub of the kiwifruit growing industry. There’s even a kiwifruit theme park.
You can arrange to visit the active volcano White Island from any city in the Bay of Plenty. Tours require you to wear a hard hat. Exciting stuff!
The geothermal city of Rotorua is a magnet for travellers, who come to discover volcanic phenomena and learn about New Zealand’s Maori culture.
The timber town of Murupura sits at the edge of the Kaingaroa Forest. If hunting and fishing are on your agenda, you’ll find plenty of action here.