Rainy Day Activities
It’s in our nature to make the most of every day – even if the weather isn’t playing ball! Here are our top tips on what to do in the Bay of Plenty when the sun refuses to shine and you need to find some all-weather entertainment.
Get your family or friends together and go head-to-head at Flummox or Escape Rooms Tauranga, both located in Tauranga’s CBD. Solve riddles and crack codes to set yourself free from a variety of themed rooms! Or book a lane at Tauranga’s Ten Pin bowling alley on Thirteenth Ave and compete for bragging rights. BayStation at Baypark has an indoor drift karting racetrack where you can race three-wheeled trikes powered by an electric front wheel. Awesome fun!
Kids always need to burn off energy so let them loose at Chipmunks’ indoor playland or harness them up at Rocktopia’s Clip and Climb facility at the Mount. This facility is great for all ages and makes rock climbing safe and easy, even for little ones. If you love to bounce around, check out the Bay Indoor Centre’s ‘Slam Jump Inflatables’ on Saturdays and Sundays, or visit Flip Out in Tauriko or Dialled indoor tramp park. Don’t forget to take socks with you (and covered shoes for rock climbing) to all of the above activities as they’re an entry requirement.
Enjoy a long relaxing soak in one of the Bay’s glorious hot pools. You’ll find a great range of facilities right across the region including the Mount Hot Pools, Fernland Spa, Oropi Hot Pools, Welcome Bay Hot Pools, Sapphire Springs near Katikati, Athenree Hot Springs near Waihī Beach, and Awakeri Hot Springs near Whakatāne. Or if you’d like to splash around indoors, visit Baywave aquatic centre in Tauranga where you can ride the hydro slide and enjoy some wave pool action.
Delve into virtual reality at the Aviator Experience in Mount Maunganui and fly some of the most iconic warbirds ever built including spitfires, MiG-15s and F-15 fighter jets. You can strap yourself into one of their simulator cockpits and challenge a friend to air-to-air combat or join forces to face computer-controlled enemy aircraft. Once you’ve finished, head off to Classic Flyers' aviation museum and learn more about the majestic aircraft that have graced our skies.
The Bay of Plenty is a hive of activity when it comes to honey. Comvita is one of the world’s leading producers of mānuka honey and is based in Paengaroa. Indulge in a mānuka honey ice-cream afterwards or a treat from their café or gift shop. Mossop’s Honey on State Highway 2 on the outskirts of Tauranga also sells delicious rewarewa, field and mānuka honeys. Visit Kiwifruit Country, not just for a tour of a working kiwifruit orchard and delicious kiwifruit ice cream - delve into the world of the honeybee at Kiwifruit Country's Bee Room and learn about the importance of these small but mighty creatures. Or taste some delicious honey or browse the honey-based skincare range.
Explore Our History & Culture
Tauranga’s Art Gallery is open 7 days a week and is a wonderful space to explore. With ever-changing local, national and international exhibitions, you can soak up knowledge on all sorts of topics and enjoy interactive displays and beautiful creations. For a glimpse into our region’s past, enjoy a tour through The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga’s historic mission house and library in Tauranga or visit the Western Bay Museum in Katikati. For a cultural experience like no other, visit Mataatua in Whakatāne – one of New Zealand’s most famous and well-travelled Māori meeting houses. The story of Mataatua will send tingles up your spine as you hear about its journey home.
Flat White, Please
Hit the bustling cafes around the Bay. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside, there’s always a warm cup of something to enjoy. Order fresh produce and tasty treats at any time of day. Popular haunts include Henry & Ted in Pāpāmoa, The General or Spongedrop Cakery at the Mount, Love Rosie Bakery in Tauranga, and Flat White Café in Waihī Beach. If you’re in Whakatāne, make sure you try the pastries at L’Épicerie – they’re deliciously fresh!
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