The story behind the No Place Like Home video
Here’s a quick summary of the video’s locations, so you can get out and visit them in person. Remember to stay safe and follow the government’s advice when exploring our beautiful home.
Voiceover: Josh Te Kani
Filming and production: Geoff & Katie Cox
Logo design and artwork: Design Juice
The Bay of Plenty’s iconic and much loved maunga needs no formal introduction. But in case you’re not familiar with the story, read about the Legend of Mauao here. You can also download the Arataki Trails app for a guided walk or connect with the story-tellers from East Coast Paddler for an in-person guided tour.
Mataatua: The House That Came Home is an unforgettable experience, with an amazing history. The wharenui (meeting house) travelled the world during the 19th century before being returned to the Ngāti Awa Iwi in Whakatāne. The wharenui is open for express or cultural immersion tours and the carvings and digital lightshow will leave your spine tingling. Watch the video here.
McLaren Falls is the perfect spot for camping, trout fishing, kayaking and swimming. Did you know that it also has one of the best botanical tree collections in New Zealand? One of the highlights of the park is the waterfall track where you can see glowworms after dusk. Or, take an evening kayak tour with the team from Waimarino and visit the most densely populated glowworm canyon in the country.
The Cider Factorie
The team at the Cider Factorie in Te Puna have been ‘crushing it in the Bay since 2012.’ They produce cider on site, and serve it up with fresh, lovingly sourced meals – burgers, salads, pan-friend prawns and miso roasted cauliflower. Be sure to pay them a visit when the alert levels allow.
Special guest stars: Bay of Plenty common dolphins
These amazing dolphins show up pretty regularly for our marine wildlife tour operators. If you haven’t seen them up close, it’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Check out local tour providers like Bay Explorer or Dolphin Seafaris – we can’t speak highly enough of these ocean loving experts who adhere strictly to marine wildlife viewing guidelines.
The Tauranga CBD is one of those lucky cities with its own waterfront and row of oceanside cafes and restaurants. Pay a visit to The Strand and see the stunning pou (Māori carvings) celebrating Matariki, kids’ playground, water fountains and iconic Hairy Maclary statues from the much-loved children’s books.
Anzac Bay is one of our hidden gems - a pōhutukawa-lined beach with calm turquoise waters. The shoreline is protected by abundant native bush so it's a great spot for a quiet picnic, a snorkel or an easy stand-up paddleboard. Stay at the local Bowentown Beach Holiday Park or take an easy bike ride to nearby Waihī Beach.
Whakatāne: feat. Moutohōra (Whale Island)
Close to the coast of Whakatāne is Moutohorā (Whale Island) - one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. It’s home to native taonga (treasures) like kiwi, tuatara, tūturiwhatu/New Zealand dotterel, boisterous tīeke/North Island saddleback, Tuatara, or kākāriki/red-crowned parakeet, and access to the island is only possible with official tour providers like Diveworks Whakatāne or Moutohora: Island Sanctuary tours. At the end of the tour you can dig yourself a soothing geothermal spring pool at Onepū Bay, Moutohorā’s secluded hot water beach.
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