46° below: Explore the Subantarctic Islands this summer
Expand the 'travel local' mantra slightly and scratch your travel itch in the Subantarctic Islands. Your passport might be gathering dust, but ...
The Bay of Plenty provides a chance to unwind and enjoy the sunshine in a stunning coastal playground that offers myriad outdoor activities on its endless beaches, out on the water, and in the bountiful hinterland with its forest-clad hills. Head offshore to circumnavigate White Island, an active volcano just off the coast.
The Bay of Plenty was named by Captain Cook in the 18th Century and the moniker remains apt. Renowned for its bounty of produce – including the famous kiwifruit – the region’s sunshine and mild climate are the perfect complement to the long arc of its coastline. Hit the beach or explore the hinterland with its forest walks, white-water rafting and fruit farms.
Waihi Beach Popular beach getaway boasting excellent surf.
Katikati The ‘mural town’ is a small arty village.
Tauranga Small but sophisticated harbourside city.
Mount Maunganui Beach resort renowned for great surf and sand.
Te Puke Kiwifruit capital of New Zealand.
Whakatāne Base for visits to Moutohora Whale Island.
Ōhope Popular summertime beach resort.
Ōpōtiki Relaxed beach town and gateway to Eastland.
Climb to the top of Mauao (Mount Maunganui). Learn all about the iconic kiwifruit at Kiwi 360. Soak in the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools. Brave an exciting white-water rafting adventure on the powerful Wairoa River. Take a flight over Whale Island (Moutohora). Relax on the white sands of Ōhope Beach. Join a dolphin-watching boat cruise. Hike in the wilderness of Te Urewera National Park.
The Bay of Plenty is home to thousands of Common Dolphins. Join a dolphin-watching tour and experience the unforgettable thrill of meeting wild dolphins on their terms in the clear waters off Whakatāne. Migrating whales are often spotted in the region too, among them the mighty orca, minke and pilot whales.