Old Forest School is conveniently located in the heart of the Bay of Plenty. An idyllic, historic, unique wedding venue a pleasant 45 minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane.Learn more
If you’re looking for a luxury place to stay, delicious food and wine, long walks along beautiful beaches or just a place to have fun and relax with your loved one, this is it. There is plenty to love in the Bay of Plenty.
If you’re planning a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary trip or just a romantic getaway for two, you’re bound to fall in love with the coastal Bay of Plenty.
Our spectacular natural setting features white sand beaches, sparkling blue water and plenty of sunshine. This, combined with exquisite accommodation, fine dining venues and lots of special activities to enjoy together, will ensure you have a holiday to remember.
Choose to stay somewhere magical. Try a romantic cabin filled with candles in the bush near Katikati. Warm Earth Cottages have no electricity – just the sounds of a nearby stream and native birds to keep you company. Relax in a warm outdoor bath under the clear night sky.
Or try the magnificent French Country House, as seen on New Zealand’s first series of The Bachelor. This charming farmhouse with antique furnishings, modern comforts and spectacular views over the countryside, is an unforgettable place to spend your wedding day or honeymoon.
If you want something closer to the city, book a luxury hotel room at Trinity Wharf Tauranga right on the harbour’s edge. Dine at their sumptuous Halo Restaurant or book a table at one of the city’s other leading restaurants such as Harbourside, Mount Bistro, Somerset Cottage or Mills Reef Winery.
Spend your days embarking on new adventures together. Take to the skies in a vintage plane at Classic Flyers or plunge back to earth during a tandem skydive. Book a helicopter or boat tour to Whakaari (White Island), just offshore from Whakatane. This is New Zealand’s most active volcano where you can set foot right on its rumbling peak.
For something a little more low-key, enjoy a massage at Willow Therapeutic or take a boat ride over to Matakana Island and relax on the beach far away from everyone else. Private spas are also available at the Mount Hot Salt Water Pools for you to unwind together.
If you’re searching for a romantic wedding venue, be sure to visit both the Fountain Gardens and Old Forest School. Both locations are a short drive from Tauranga and will provide a stunning backdrop for your big day.
Walking barefoot along our beaches or climbing to the summit of Mauao to watch the sunrise are must-do activities for lovers visiting the Bay of Plenty at any time of year.
So relax and enjoy our piece of paradise – and each other.