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 in the South Pacific. 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 Dolphin & 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 & 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