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The Bay of Plenty is an area of thriving agriculture and endless coastline, popular with the Kiwis themselves, many of whom escape from the towns to their ‘baches’ along the stretch of coast between the principal town of Tauranga and the popular Papamoa Beach.

Across Tauranga harbor the skyline is dominated by the volcanic cone of Mauao, where a fairly challenging climb is rewarded with unobstructed views along the coast. Mount Maunganui, the town at its base, is a very popular place to celebrate New Year and is a center for surf and adventure year round.

Around the Bay of Plenty

Anarau Bay - East CapeTo the east is Whakatane and its smaller, seaside neighbor of Ohope, another sweeping stretch of empty, golden sand.

Off the coast lies the small but smoldering White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano, whose steamy shroud is clearly visible from all along the Bay’s coast.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Bay of Plenty

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Bay of Plenty, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Bay of Plenty

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    Places near Bay of Plenty

    Accommodation choices for Bay of Plenty

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bay of Plenty. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Matahui Lodge, Katikati

      Matahui Lodge

      First Class

      Situated in the Bay of Plenty, in the privacy of six acres of manicured gardens and vineyards, lies Matahui Lodge. This luxury lodge offers indulgence and pampering in a truly beautiful setting.