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Free Activities

The beauty of the Bay of Plenty is there’s plenty to do free of charge! With some of the best natural assets you’ll find anywhere in the world, you can spend hours exploring our rivers, walking tracks, mountains, beaches and parks.

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Te Puna Quarry Park

Tauranga

Planting at Te Puna Quarry Park commenced in 1997 with all the work and maintenance being carried out by volunteers. By keeping some areas as specialised plant groups, we hope to make this a park of botanical interest.

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Tauranga Art Gallery

Tauranga

Since opening in 2007, Tauranga Art Gallery has consistently delivered high quality exhibitions within its contemporary gallery space located in the heart of Tauranga.

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Mt Maunganui Main Beach

Mt Maunganui

Voted New Zealand’s best beach, ‘the Mount’ is the ultimate summer destination. With perfect white sand and thundering waves, you won’t find a better place to swim, surf, sunbathe and socialise. Holiday memories are made here.

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Pilot Bay Beach

Mt Maunganui

Located on the harbour’s edge in Mount Maunganui, Pilot Bay offers sheltered swimming conditions – ideal for young families and those who love water sports. A great place for a picnic, walk or to watch cruise ships come and go.

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Papamoa Beach

Papamoa

Papamoa Beach sits just along the coastline from Mount Maunganui and is a favourite holiday destination for generations of Kiwi families. With wide flat sand, great surf and extensive sand dunes, it’s ideal for all beach activities.

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Ohope Beach

Ohope

It won’t take long for you to fall in love with Ohope. From the moment you drive over the hill from Whakatane and catch a glimpse of the serene blue ocean, you instantly relax. This small beach resort is home to around 3000 people but thousands more visit this slice of paradise every year to enjoy a weekend getaway or holiday in the sunshine.

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Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach

This idyllic 9km stretch of ocean beach has long been popular with holidaymakers and surfers. Offering an authentic Kiwi beach atmosphere, Waihi is a great place to picnic, swim or just build a sandcastle with the kids.

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Maketu Beach

Maketu

Situated 30km east along the coast from Mount Maunganui, Maketu Beach is where Maori first came ashore on their waka voyage from Polynesia to the Bay of Plenty. A great place to swim, surf and gather shellfish at low tide.

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Newdicks Beach

Maketu

Experience this raw, untouched, rugged New Zealand beach near Maketu, on the southern side of Okurei Point. There is endless scenery and surf to enjoy here – and you’re unlikely to see another soul in sight.

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Matakana Beach

Omokoroa

Catch a barge from Tauranga’s Sulphur Point marina or hire a boat or kayak to paddle the short distance across to Matakana Island. A 20km-long white sand beach awaits you, surrounded by a thick green pine forest. An untouched paradise.

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Athenree Beach

Athenree

A sheltered estuary beach right on the edge of Shelly Bay in Tauranga’s inner harbour, Athenree is a 50km drive north of Tauranga and just south of Waihi Beach on the coast. A wonderful place to take a picnic and spend the day.

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Bowentown Beach

Waihi Beach

Bowentown is a popular spot for camping in the Bay of Plenty. With the open ocean on one side and Tauranga’s harbour on the other, there are plenty of places to explore and savour the warm coastal waters.

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McLaren Falls Park

Tauranga

McLaren Falls Park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, wedding photos, picnics, bush walks and summertime concerts. It is also home to one of the best botanical collections of trees in the…

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