Bay of Plenty Adventure Activities

The coastal Bay of Plenty’s mild climate and varied scenery make the region ideal for outdoor activities all year round.

Experience freefalling from 12,000 feet at Tauranga Tandem Skydiving.  With views ranging from the mountains to the coast, Tauranga boasts one of the most scenic drop zones in the New Zealand. 

Fly with Aerius Helicopters to the island volcano of Tuhua (Mayor Island), and walk through one of New Zealand’s largest pohutukawa forests. The island is considered special by Maori because of the presence of black obsidian, a volcanic glass created by the rapid cooling of silica-rich lava.  The tour takes 4 hours.

Dolphin Seafaris will take you on a four hour marine adventure, swimming with wild dolphins their natural habitat.  A specialised underwater camera broadcasts the dolphins live to the screens onboard. 

From a surfing standpoint the Bay is amongst New Zealand’s best, producing clean swells and excellent waves at hot spots like Matakana Island, Tay Street and Mount Maunganui. 

Main Beach is the biggest surfing drawcard in the region and provides surfers with good clean breaks off either end of the bay.

Back on shore blokarting (a land yacht) is one of the region’s most famous activities. Invented by local resident Paul Beckett the fun, fast and compact three-wheeled land sailing yacht is gaining global recognition as an edgy and adventurous new sporting activity.

The Bay of Plenty is home to the only purpose built sealed blokart track in the world.  It’s here that sailing meets the racetrack and karts can reach speeds of up to 65 - 75kph, rentals and lessons are available for those willing to try this true adrenalin rush. 

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