Te Moananui ā Toi | the Coastal Bay of Plenty, is a slice of paradise on New Zealand’s East Coast. Made up of some of the country’s best beaches and short walks, it’s a wonderful place to go to get back to nature.

Anzac Bay Waihi Beach. Credit Anna Schroeder


The Coastal Bay of Plenty has over 120 kilometres of stunning coastline and some of New Zealand’s most-loved beaches. The great news is that there are increasingly more options for beach accessibility in this region, including beach mats and beach wheelchairs.

Beach wheelchairs are available to book in these locations:

  • Pāpāmoa Beach: book through the Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club. The club has two wheelchairs or “beach buggies” for hire and there is no cost to use them.
  • Mount Maunganui Main Beach: contact the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park to hire either their medium or large beach access wheelchair.
  • Waihī Beach: to book, call the Waihī Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort on 0800 924 448. Book a date and time (2-hour usage). The wheelchairs are free to use. For any queries about how to use the wheelchairs, email: davem@halberg.co.nz
  • Ōhope Beach: stunning Ōhope Beach is a must when you visit the Bay of Plenty! Beach wheelchair hire is available through the Whakatāne Disabilities Resource Centre on 07 307 1447 or information@drct.co.nz.

 Image: (L-R) Maddison Snow & Michelle Kleynhans, from Goldfields School. 

Beach mats


The coastal Bay of Plenty is setting the trend for making the beach and water more accessible for everyone by introducing New Zealand's first council-owned beach access mats. You can find these mats located at four of the Bay's iconic beach destinations below.


  • Mount Maunganui: 136 Marine Parade/Cutters Cove, Mount Main Beach, Pilot Bay
  • Waihī Beach: North end near Surf Club, Beach Road
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This is the regions first fully accessible changing facility which includes a height adjustable toilet and sink, adult changing table, shower and hoist – you will need to bring your own sling and the hoist has a weight limit of 200kg.

To learn more how to access this follow this link.

Cutters Cove


As you travel through the region, you may want to take the chance to stop for a picnic. The Bay has several accessible picnic tables which are designed so the wheelchair user can sit in the middle of the table. You can find these at popular locations around Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Tauranga City Council is planning to install more, so keep an eye out on this page to see when new locations are added.


  • Pāpāmoa Domain, in front of BlueBiYou restaurant
  • Mount Maunganui Beach, opposite Cutterscove Resort Apartments (outside 136 Marine Parade). Beach access mat is also available at this location
  • Tye Park, Welcome Bay
  • Arataki Park (by the BBQ)
  • Cameron Road Reserve
  • ANZAC Park
  • Horoipia Reserve
  • Zespri green space, Maunganui Road


Keep planning your accessible holiday! Read more about accessible activities in the Bay.