Discover experiences in Bay of Plenty

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Bay of Plenty is famous for its plentiful and delicious produce, golden-hued coastline and active marine volcano Whakaari, White Island.

Cycle the spectacular Dunes Trail

Set yourself free on the Dunes Trail as you cycle through natural sand dunes and take in stunning panoramas of the Pacific Ocean coastline and East Cape. Along the way discover what makes the area so special as your guide shares local stories of the region.

Kayak through magical glowworm canyons

Take a Waimarino Glowworm Kayak Tour and paddle through the tranquil water of Lake McLaren to the light of the setting sun as you make your way to hidden canyons where native glowworms fill the night with thousands of twinkling lights.

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.

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.

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

Journey to Moutohora, Whale Island and reconnect with nature. 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 with an experienced guide with Whale Island Tours; finishing the tour at beautiful Hot Water Beach.

Discover Mataatua, the house that came home

Discover the world's most well travelled Maori meeting house. First built in 1875, it toured from Australia to London and back to the South Island before returning home to the Bay of Plenty, after more than 130 years away. It now stands once again as the unifying soul of the Ngāti Awa tribe of Whakatāne, New Zealand.

Visit New Zealand’s only active marine volcano

Visible from hundreds of kilometres away Whakaari, White Island is the only active marine volcano in New Zealand. This is Mother 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. Scenic fixed wings flights are also available.

View the journey below