Discover experiences in Bay of Plenty

One of the sunniest places in the country, the Bay of Plenty got its name when Captain James Cook anchored in the great bay in 1969, noting a ‘land of plenty’. Today, not much has changed - the region is famous for its plentiful and delicious produce, golden-hued coastline and active marine volcano Whakaari, White Island.

Visit New Zealand’s only active marine volcano

White Island is the only active marine volcano in New Zealand and is nature at her most impressive – here, streams run hot; pits of mud bubble up from deep beneath the earth and acid steams in an amazing lake. Visit the island by boat and on foot with White Island Tours, or arrive from above by helicopter for the ultimate birds eye view. 

Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat

Swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat is an experience for the bucket list. Take a tour with Dolphin Seafaris and encounter the pods of dolphins that frequent the open waters just off Tauranga. If you’re lucky, you may also see Orca.

Kayak the scenic Wairoa River

The Wairoa River is located at the western end of the Bay of Plenty, running north into the Tauranga Harbour. Paddle the scenic upper reaches of the Wairoa with Waimarino Kayak Tours, enjoying peaceful birdsong and wildlife in the lush surrounding forest.

Explore the islands with Bay Explorer

The sunkissed coastline of the Bay of Plenty is frequented by dolphins, whales and orcas, and is a beautiful place to explore by ocean safari. Take a day cruise on the Bay Explorer and enjoy the unique aquatic world that lies just off the coast.

Take a guided walk up Mauao, Mount Maunganui

Take a guided tour up Mauao, Mount Maunganui with Guided Footprints and hear the history and enchanting story of our mountain. Try one of the many tracks leading to the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the Bay of Plenty and the vast Pacific Ocean

Explore Moutohora, Whale Island

Home to a range of rare flora and fauna, endangered native species like the Kakariki, Kiwi and Tuatara now flourish in this protected wildlife sanctuary. Explore Moutohora with an experienced guide with Whale Island Tours; finishing the tour at beautiful Hot Water Beach.

Paddle the coastline of Ohiwa Harbour

At the southern end of the Bay of Plenty lies Ohiwa Harbour, a scenic inlet that lends itself to being explored by paddle power. Choose to either rent a kayak or take a guided tour with locally based KG Kayaks.

Enjoy a virtual experience of Tane Mahuta

Using only natural ingredients, Bay of Plenty’s Comvita brand is famous for health products that draw on the best of Mother Nature. Learn about the wonder of nature in New Zealand with a virtual experience like no other & enter the forest of Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest kauri tree.

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