By Tourism Bay of Plenty
Where New Zealand's orchard industry meets the coast. Highlights include seaside towns Tauranga and Mount Maunganui and the active volcano White Island.
The sunny city of Tauranga will tempt you with marine adventures. Go sailing, fishing or dolphin watching and soak up the stunning coastal environment.
From the base of the volcano Mauao, a white sand surf beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Catch a wave or cruise the many cafes.
For around 55 days a year, Whakatāne records the highest temperature in New Zealand. This sunny town is known for fishing trips and volcano visits.
Known for it's heritage, murals, avocados and kiwifruit, Katikati is a charming, sunny town near Tauranga.
The timber town of Kawerau promises a rare experience. You can tour the giant pulp and paper mill, which produces 900,000 tonnes of product per year.
Te Puke is not only the hub of the kiwifruit growing industry, but also to Comvita one of the countries largest exporters of manuka honey and natural health products.
You can arrange to visit the active volcano White Island from any city in the Bay of Plenty. Tours require you to wear a hard hat. Exciting stuff!
Once a gold town, always a gold town. Since 1878, Waihi has been on a treasure hunt. Come and see the richest gold mine in New Zealand.