LET'S HAVE SOME FUN
The Bay of Plenty has long been a favourite holiday destination for Kiwi families, and with over 125 kilometres of coastline and some of the best beaches in New Zealand, it’s easy to see why.
But there’s more to the Bay of Plenty than just our amazing beaches. Read on to find out about some of the other amazing activities in the Bay. It’s sure to make you smile!
1. LEARN TO SURF
There’s no better time to learn the basics of surfing; our safe beaches and gentle swells provide the perfect conditions for learner surfers. Book a lesson with one of the many surf schools dotted along the coast. You’ll be “hanging 10” in no time!
2. CLIMB TO THE TOP OF MAUAO
Did it even happen if you didn’t ‘gram it? The iconic view from the summit of Mauao (Mount Maunganui) is one of the most instagrammed spots in New Zealand and is well worth the short (but steep!) walk to the top.
3. SAMPLE SOME OF THE BEST BURGERS IN NEW ZEALAND
The Surf Shack Eatery at Waihī Beach serves up possibly some of the best burgers in the country (according to Lonely Planet, no less). This local gem is well worth a visit!
4. DISCOVER SOME OF THE BAY'S HIDDEN FOODIE GEMS
Take a tour with Taste of Plenty and uncover some epic local foodie experiences; from ice cream, snags and honey, to locally brewed cider, wines and plenty more.
5. DISCOVER THE CULTURE
The Bay of Plenty is steeped in history and culture – spend a day exploring. You’ll be surprised by what you might find!
6. EXPLORE OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
Get up close to our amazing marine wildlife – it’s an unforgettable experience! Head out on a boat tour with Dolphin Seafaris or Bay Explorer and get prepared to be amazed.
7. BREWS BY THE BEACH
Spend an afternoon sampling delicious Bay of Plenty craft beer with Brewbus. They'll drive you and your friends around the best breweries and bars where you'll learn about the brewing process, and taste a few brews too.
8. SOAK IN THE SALT WATER POOLS
Perfect at any time of the day, the Mount Hot Pools are fun for all the family. Located at the base of Mauao, this is the perfect place to cool off and relax after that walk up or around the Mount.
9. TAKE TO THE SKIES
Time to tick something off the bucket list! Adventure Helicopters offers a range of scenic flights including the Mount Magic flight which takes you up and around, yep, you guessed it, Mount Maunganui.
10. EXPLORE AN ECO-SANCTUARY
Located just off the coast of Whakatāne is Moutohorā (Whale Island) - a pest-free oasis that is home to many native New Zealand birds, reptiles and plants. Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary, KG Kayaks and Diveworks all have a DoC concession to land on the island.
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PLAN YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY
Discovery Surf School
Salt Spray Surf School
Mount Maunganui Surf Academy
NZ Surf Academy
Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise - Bay Explorer
Dolphin Viewing and Swimming
Diveworks Charters - Dolphin and Seal Encounters
Brewbus - New Zealand Craft Beer Tours Limited
Mount Hot Ocean Water Pools
Mount Magic Scenic Flight
Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary
Diveworks Charters - Whale Island Tours
KG Kayaks - Guided Kayak Tours at Moutohorā / Whale Island
The Elms | Te Papa, Tauranga
Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga
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