SUMMER IN THE BAY
Visit the Bay for the ultimate Kiwi summer experience. From white sandy beaches and pristine water holes, to pumping arts and music festivals – the Bay has it all.
With all its swimming, surfing, and sunbathing glory, it is no surprise that Mount Maunganui – ‘the Mount’ – is voted New Zealand’s best beach and was included in Trip Advisor’s top 25 beaches. The sublime setting and warm waves make the Mount a very popular spot in summer, but don’t worry, there’s more than enough room for all to enjoy. Waihī Beach is another famous hot spot which sums up the beauty of Coastal Bay of Plenty – perfect for fishing, swimming and simply lazing about on the sand with a cold drink and some fish ‘n’ chips.
Head out on the water to get up close and personal with the Bay’s magnificent marine animals. Cruise around crystal-blue waters on the Bay Explorer Island and Wildlife Cruise to see dolphins, fish, penguins, seals and – if you’re lucky – encounter whales. If you’re just dying to see dolphins, then hop on a Dolphin Seafari, guided by marine naturalists, in search of these friendly and majestic creatures. You can also get amongst the water yourself via snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking – speaking of which, Whakatāne provides a magical coastline to explore.
It wouldn’t be summer without festivals, and the Bay has them in abundance. Bay Dreams attracts amazing local and international talent to Tauranga for two whole days of R18 music and entertainment. The Bay of Plenty Garden and Arts Festival celebrates local art and culture throughout splendid gardens. It’s a great time for the whole family.
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THINGS TO DO IN SUMMER
Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary
Whale Island (Moutohora) Snorkelling Sailing Trip
Mount Maunganui Surf Academy
Hibiscus Surf School
Salt Spray Surf School
Discovery Surf School
Surf Lessons in Mount Maunganui
NZ Surf Academy
KG Kayaks - Whale Island
Kayaking - Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park
Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour - Tauranga
River Rats Raft & Kayak - Wairoa Grade 5 Rafting
Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour
Wildside Adventures - East Coast -Scenic Tours- Kayaking
Wairoa River Kayak Tour
Kayak hire - KG Kayaks
KG Kayaks Guided Tours
Dolphin Viewing and Swimming
Diveworks Charters - Dolphin and Seal Encounters
and swim with the friendly Kekeno seals.