EXPLORE THE WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY

Bike, boots or boat; no matter which mode of transport you choose, an outdoor adventure in the Western Bay of Plenty is sure to make you smile!

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Highlights

Cycling tracks for all the family, epic walks and amazing hot springs!

Proximity

By Car (to Waihī Beach):
From Auckland: 2 hours
From Hamilton: 1 hour and 30 minutes
From New Plymouth: 4 hours and 40 minutes
From Napier: 4 hours and 30 minutes
From Wellington: 7 hours and 10 minutes

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Cycling

Explore Katikati by bike with approximately 20 kilometres of off and on-road trails around the area. You’ll be treated to beautiful harbour views, New Zealand’s one-of-a-kind Haiku Pathway, bird walk sculptures, and the comings and goings of Katikati’s lucky residents.

If you've ever wanted to explore an old gold mining area and rail tunnels, jump onboard a full-day e-bike tour with DayTrippers and explore the Karangahake Gorge (just outside the Bay of Plenty region, near Waihī).

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Walking tracks & trails

Orokawa Bay & Te Ho Pā

The Western Bay of Plenty is home to some pretty spectacular short walks and hidden gems. From the northern end of Waihī Beach, you'll find a walking track (check the tides, it's not always accessible) that will take you over to the secluded Orokawa Bay; the 45-minute walk is popular among both locals and manuhiri (visitors) and gives you sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and out to Tuhua (Mayor Island). Keen for a longer walk? Check out the DOC site to see the other walks you can link up with to make a day of it.

If you're a lover of an early morning walk to catch the sunrise, then we highly recommend visiting Te Ho pā at the Bowentown end of the peninsula.

Highlights

Explore the Bay by foot - choose from a huge range of stunning walking & hiking tracks.

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Tuahu Kauri Track

Walk the Tuahu Kauri Track

The Kaimāī Mamaku Conservation Park covers an area of approximately 37,000 hectares and features over 350 kilometres of walking and tramping tracks.  

One of those trails, the Tuahu Track, winds through native forest featuring young kauri rickers and juvenile rimu trees. The full walk is 5 hours one way but just 20 minutes into the trail, turn left onto a side track that leads to a platform surrounding one of the largest kauri trees in the Bay of Plenty.

NB: The Bay of Plenty region is currently the only region in New Zealand that does not have Kauri dieback disease. Please ensure your footwear is clean, especially if you have been walking in other areas of New Zealand, and stick to the track. 

Sapphire Springs

Hot Pools & Hot Springs

Sapphire Springs

There’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in a thermal hot pool! Sapphire Springs has the largest geothermal pool in the region, and two hot tubs. The pools are fed from a natural warm water spring and are between 30°Celsius and 38°Celsius; a soak there is the perfect way to end the day.

Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park

Located at the northern end of Tauranga Harbour, Athenree Hot Springs is a great place to relax after a day's hiking or exploring the Western Bay of Plenty. There are two natural mineral pools at Athenree Hot Springs: the larger pool is at 33-35°Celsius with an average depth of 1.3 metres and also has a shallow section for toddlers. The smaller adult pool is at a temperature of 39.5°Celsius.