Spring is the perfect time to head outdoors! Enjoy the Bay's stunning walking tracks and be sure to keep an eye out for familiar marine wildlife as you explore our beaches. Daylight saving begins in late September, providing an extra hour of daylight to enjoy in the evenings. Our region boasts a multitude of locations to witness the beauty of blooming flowers in all their glory, so get out there and start exploring!

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Feel the spring in your step! You’ll be motivated to slide into your walking shoes or hop on a bike and head for the hills, tracks and trails. Spring is a fantastic time to enjoy popular walks and cycling tracks, as the weather is stunning – but not too hot – and the crowds of summer haven’t arrived. The Motu Trails in Ōpōtiki are the ultimate spot for cycling, walking and running, boasting three main trails and a beautiful backdrop of green and blue. The Papamoa Hills Regional Park is hiking heaven, where you can explore its cultural heritage and pā sites, or push yourself to the 224 metre summit and be treated to some of the best views of the Bay.

Skydive Tauranga

Take to the air for a bird’s eye views of the Bay’s spectacular coastline, estuaries, hills, islands, suburbs and more. Skydive Tauranga is a breath-taking experience involving a tandem descent, surrounded by vast blue towards a beautiful patchwork quilt. Adventure Helicopters’ scenic flight tours offer the ultimate aerial experience of the Bay. Hover above the likes of white-sand beaches, kiwifruit orchards, local islands, and sea life. Or if you want to take the control wheel of a light plane, head over to Tauranga Aero Club where they provide you with a magical flight experience – whether you’re a newbie or a barrel-rolling veteran.

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Playing a round of golf on the fairways in spring is an unbeatable experience, and fortunately, the Coastal Bay of Plenty offers an array of epic courses to enjoy. We have some beautiful links golf courses as well as many nine hole courses that are conveniently dotted around our region.

Among these, Ōhope Beach stands out as home to one of the most picturesque golf courses in the region. Serious golfers who want a challenge should head straight for Tauranga Golf Club or Summerhill Estate – which offers spectacular views from the top of Papamoa’s hills but obscured views of their greens to add an extra layer of difficulty.

Fernland Spa

Spring remains an ideal season to fully enjoy the region's hot pools, offering a soothing escape after the chill of winter. Discover relaxation at Ōropi Hot Pools, tucked away in the Ōropi hills, boasting clean, clear waters and private indoor spas for hire. Fernland Spa offers urban serenity with lush native surroundings in the middle of suburban Tauranga. Enjoy built-in seating, along with the option for private pools with jets.