RELAX IN THE BAY OF PLENTY

The Bay of Plenty stretches along the eastern coastline of New Zealand’s North Island and is a favourite Kiwi holiday destination. Here you can relax on white sand, play in warm waves, explore the ocean’s depths, try something new and make the most of every day. Tauranga is the region’s urban heart, while coastal towns like Waihī Beach, Mount Maunganui, Pāpāmoa and Ōhope are the ultimate beach holiday destination.

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1. GLOW WORM KAYAKING

Watch a beautiful canyon come alive with twinkling lights during an evening Waimarino Glow Worm Kayak Tour. Enjoy something to eat and drink as the sun sets before paddling across Lake McLaren, near Tauranga, to witness this magical experience. Daytime kayak tours are also available – enjoy the birdsong and peaceful forest surrounds.

Distance from CBD: 20 mins

Total pax: 94

Website: glowwormkayaking.com

Dolphin Bay Explorer

2. EMBRACE OUR PRISTINE COASTLINE

Discover the Bay of Plenty’s renowned coastline with Bay Explorer. Learn about the Pacific Ocean’s depths and admire our abundant marine life during a day-long cruise. Some of nature’s finest creatures live here including penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks and orca, depending on the time of year. Make the most of your day on the water with a kayak, stand-up paddle board or swim.

Distance from CBD: located in CBD

Total pax: 140

Website: bayexplorer.co.nz OR nzdolphin.com

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3. EXPLORE MOUTOHORĀ ISLAND

One of New Zealand’s little known treasures, this Island is home to a range of rare flora and fauna and endangered native species such as tuatara. Moutohorā sits just off the coast of Whakatāne and is a bird lovers paradise. Kiwi, kākāriki (New Zealand parakeets), bellbirds and tui all live here. A guided tour is the only way to access this wildlife sanctuary. You’ll also visit a fur seal colony and enjoy a swim at a natural hot water beach.

Distance from CBD: 1 hour 15 mins from CBD

Total pax: 24

Website: moutohora.co.nz

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4. PADDLE THE EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY

Seek out adventure and make the most of your day by hiring a kayak to explore the scenic inlets at Ōhope’s estuary or Ōhiwa Harbour, both of which lie east of Whakatāne. KG Kayaks will set you up with everything you need. They also offer guided kayak tours to Moutohorā Island or a moonlight trip across Ōhiwa Harbour. Spectacular.

Distance from CBD: 1 hour 30 mins

Total pax: 25

Website: kgkayaks.co.nz

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5. WALK UP OR AROUND MAUAO

Mount Maunganui’s iconic dormant volcano, Mauao, offers unbeatable views and is steeped in Māori history and ancient myths. To hear the stories of this significant cultural landmark, download the Arataki app for a self-guided fully-immersive experience. The base track around Mauao takes about 50 minutes and is one of New Zealand’s most popular walks, while a trek to the top is rewarded with panoramic views across Tauranga and the Pacific Ocean.

Distance from CBD: 10 mins

Total pax: unlimited

Website: arataki.co

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