The Bay of Plenty

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Stretches of Never Ending Coastline

The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand. In the 18th Century navigator Captain James Cook sailed into the region and was so impressed he named it The Bay of Plenty. Bay of Plenty is located on the East Coast of New Zealand?s North Island. Bay of Plenty offers so much choice. Bay of Plenty is sacred for its climate, stunning blue beaches and glittering white sand and not forgetting to mention the invincible lifestyle. The climate makes it ideal for kiwifruit, avocados, citrus and other subtropical fruits to be grown here. Tauranga is the commercial heart of this region with the largest export port in the country, the port of Tauranga.

Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty


Tauranga/Mount Maunganui 100,000
Te Puke 7,000
Whakatane 17,000

Summer 28
Winter 12

Driving Distances
Auckland to Tauranga is 205kms approx 2 hour and 30mins
Tauranga to Whakatane is 96kms approx 1hour and 15 mins


  • 100km of beautiful white sandy beaches
  • If you enjoy surfing then the Surfing Main Beach is definitely a must
  • Visit the White Island, New Zealand?s one and only active marine volcano
  • Lots of water based activities to enjoy including swimming, surfing, fishing, diving and snorkelling
  • Mt Maunganui Main Beach ? located here are two beaches one is for surfers while the other is sheltered on the harbour side
  • Enjoy a stroll around Mount Maunganui which is overwhelmed with rocks and pohutukawa trees
  • Check out the colourful murals that line the main street of Katikati, approximately 40km north of Tauranga


  • Take a scenic flight over the White Island volcano
  • Take a Boat Trip over to the White Island
  • Enjoy a tour of the kiwifruit orchard
  • Visit one of New Zealand?s best Georgian homes, the Elms Mission House
  • Experience swimming with the dolphins
  • Try out the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools
  • Visit the Comvita Honey Centres

Did you know

  • In 1769 James Cook came to New Zealand, and cruised both North and South Island and gave the Bay of Islands its present name.
  • The White island crater has been known to reach temperatures of up to 800 degrees Celsius
  • The Bay of Islands has plenty of marine life, including whales, penguins, dolphins and much more

August 11 ? 13 ? Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival

Author: nztravelguide

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