Active relaxers, chilled out beach-goers, sophisticated foodies and e-bike enthusiasts are all in their element during our warm summer months. The Coastal Bay of Plenty is an open expanse of land, sand and water – and is ready for everyone to enjoy.

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This region is home to the best beaches in the country. Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach and Ōhope Beach are regularly voted as favourites by Kiwis and international visitors alike. But Waihī Beach, Pāpāmoa and even the sheltered harbour at Pilot Bay are also popular and idyllic spots to relax and play on the sand.

If you love watersports, you’ve come to the right place. Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking and kite surfing are all big here, while keen surfers and fishermen wear a smile all summer long. Jump aboard a dolphin or wildlife cruise to get out on the water and experience our big blue backyard for yourself.

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Festivals are a big part of summer in the Bay – music, sport, food and so much more. Grab tickets to Bay Dreams or One Love and dance your heart out, or indulge yourself at Katikati’s Avocado Food & Wine Festival. The Mount Festival of Multisport caters for both elite athletes and weekend warriors. Come bask in the sunshine and join in the fun!