Located on New Zealand’s North Island, Bay of Plenty is a picturesque region on the northeast coast. Named for its expansive bay, the region stretches from East Cape to the Coromandel Peninsula and encompasses Whakatane, Rotorua, Taupo and Tauranga. Perhaps the most famous destination in the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua is best known for its thermal springs, however there is so much more to this amazing holiday destination. From the beach to the mountains, these are the best things to do in the Bay of Plenty.
Located on the island of Moutohara, just 9km from the mainland, the protected wildlife sanctuary is home to a number of New Zealand's rare and endangered species including the kiwi. Visitors can embark on a guided tour of the island to learn more about NZ's protected wildlife and get up close and personal with fur seals, native birds and visit the amazing natural hot springs.
An amazing cultural experience, a Hangi feast provides a glimpse into the ancient traditions of New Zealand and Maori culture. Attend a Hangi feast and enjoy a spectacular night complete with traditional dancing and food. For something different, stay overnight in a Maori communal meeting house known as a marae.
Things to do in Rotorua range from conquering the iconic Skyline Gondola and visiting the spectacular thermal reserves to trout fishing in the crystal waters. The Orakei Korako Geothermal Reserve Park is one of Rorotua's must visited attractions and boasts the most geothermal activity in the country. From bubbling mud pools and gushing geysers, this natural phenomenon is best experienced on a guided tour though the incredible sulfur landscapes.
One of New Zealand’s sunniest towns, Whakatane is famous for its volcanoes and fishing trips as well as its Maori historical sites, museum and observatory. Whakatane is also New Zealand’s yellow fin tuna capital and is a popular fishing spot. The Nga Tapuwae o Toi walkway is also the gateway to seabird colonies, native forest, guided kayak tours and seal and dolphin encounters. Just 10km away in Ohope, there’s also a 10km beach and small settlement ideal for surfing, walking, camping and relaxing.