Bay Of Plenty Holidays & Travel Guide

Located on the North Island of New Zealand, the Bay of Plenty is a stunning region on the northeast coast encompassing Tauranga, Whakatane, Taupo and the popular destination of Rotorua. Named after its large bay, the Bay of Plenty stretches from the East Cape to the Coromandel Peninsula. One of New Zealand's original tourist destinations, Bay of Plenty has been welcoming visitors for over 200 years.

The sense of being somewhere quite different is apparent as soon as you arrive, particularly in Rotorua where the sulphur scented air marks the presence of the famous geothermal hotspots nearby. The warm geothermal springs, boiling mud pools and spouting geysers are a popular attraction, with some said to have healing powers according to traditional culture.

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Popular Bay of Plenty Regions

Champagne Pool Hot Lake Waiotapu Rotorua


Located further inland, Rotorua is famous for its geothermal wonders and boasts 18 lakes, thrilling adventure activities and thriving Maori culture.

Whale Island, Whakatane, New Zealand


Located east of Bay of Plenty, Whakatane is positioned right beside the Pacific Ocean and is a cultural hub which offers access to the only active volcano in NZ.

Accommodation in Bay of Plenty

Although the majority of Bay of Plenty accommodation is concentrated in Rotorua in the centre of town, there are a couple of properties located a little further out on the shores of Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotorua. Offering easy access to the region's iconic hot springs, lakes, geysers and geothermal attractions, Bay of Plenty accommodation ranges from 3 stars to 5 stars. From boutique properties to modern hotels, affordable options, major hotel chains and lakeside lodges, Bay of Plenty accommodation is ideal for those just passing through as well as those looking for an extended wilderness experience

Bay of Plenty Holiday Packages

Bay of Plenty holiday packages are an affordable and easy way to visit the region's famous geothermal springs and offer outstanding value for money. Allowing you to combine all your travel needs for one discounted price, Bay of Plenty holiday packages save you time and money and take the stress out of planning and booking your holiday. Combining all the essentials like flights and accommodation, Bay of Plenty holiday packages also offer optional extras like car hire, tours, transfers, travel insurance and more. There are a great range of existing holiday packages available, or you can choose to customise one to suit your needs

Things To Do

The heartland of the country's Maori culture, guests of Bay of Plenty enjoy the unique opportunity to experience traditional culture in the form of Maori cultural performances, traditional hangi feasts or, if you're lucky, as a guest on a marae. These unforgettable experiences combine song, dance, legend and food cooked in earth ovens below the ground. However Bay of Plenty is most famous for Rotorua and its hot springs, mud pools and geysers, which are one of its most popular attractions. Rotorua is also home to 17 lakes, collectively known as the Lakes of Rotorua, meaning water activities such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, water skiing and cruising are a popular way to spend your time here. More about Things To Do in Bay of Plenty.

Getting to the Bay of Plenty

Rotorua's International Airport is the gateway to Bay of Plenty for overseas travellers. Approximately an hour's drive from Tauranga, getting to Bay of Plenty from the airport is an easy drive on State Highway 2 and State Highway 33. It's recommended that visitors hire a car to get to Bay of Plenty to take in the spectacular scenery on the way as well as a number of the scenic touring routes which are well sign-posted. Getting to the Bay of Plenty.

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