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As we say goodbye to summer, we can’t help but feel a touch of melancholy. Thankfully, the Bay – with its warm weather and host of events and activities – will lift your spirits and ease you into the cooler half of the calendar year.

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Autumn in the Bay is stunning. You will be struck by the amazing autumn colours on display; think cool blue skies, rusty red leaves, and emerald grass and waters. McLaren Falls Park, just ten-minutes drive from Tauranga, has all this and more – it’s like walking into an oil painting. Here, you can enjoy camping, disc golf, fishing, kayaking, picnics and walking. Be sure to stroll through the waterfall track after dusk to see glow worms!

Looking to jazz things up? Dance on over to Tauranga for the popular National Jazz Festival, held every Easter, where you will experience up to five days of world-class music. The atmosphere and energy are unmatched, with over 45,000 people attending annually.

The Bay has a rich history, teeming with Kiwi arts and culture. The Historic Village in Tauranga is a fantastic place to explore. Fuel up on tasty coffee and food at the café, then stroll – or fly, depending on your coffee buzz – through the many shops and galleries and delve into the village’s stories.

If you want to learn more about the region’s heritage and culture, head over to Mataatua: The House that Came Home in Whakatāne for an unforgettable cultural immersion experience. You will get to learn and live the culture and take part in the Ngāti Awa Māori tribe’s ancient rituals and customs. To top it all off, you will get to feast on delicious local Māori cuisine and delicacies in the wharekai (dining hall).