A volcanic eruption occurred at Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty on 9 December 2019. The New Zealand Police and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are responding. Visit the NEMA website for latest information.

The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and geothermal wonders.

When James Cook arrived in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’. The Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, is no less plentiful today. Around Tauranga are hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit and citrus fruit to avocados. Add to this bounty the local wines and the plentiful fresh seafood and you just know that this is a place where you will dine well.

Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet for surfers all year round and voted New Zealand's best by TripAdvisor. For the adventurous, there’s skydiving and for those more keen on terra firma, blokarting (small land yachts) will blow the cobwebs away.

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