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Bay of Plenty

     

Coastal Bay of Plenty lies east of the Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges and south of the Coromandel peninsula. The region includes the city of Tauranga, the resort town of Mount Maunganui, Te Puke and Whakatane. 


General


 
  This region has a mild, sunny climate, some of the country's most popular beaches and an abundance of orchards, especially citrus and kiwifruit. The main centre, Tauranga, is located on a stunning harbour and is a thriving commercial centre with a passion for good food, wine and stylish shopping.
     
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  Mount Maunganui, with its prominent volcanic cone is popular with surfers. There's everything from surf lifesaving and beach volleyball to kite surfing, parasailing, jet skiing and surfing competitions. It's also a very popular family holiday spot having a choice of both ocean and gentle harbour beaches. 

Boat charters are available from Tauranga for big game fishing, snorkelling, dolphin watching or just cruising. Out on the horizon is White Island, an active volcano usually identified by its trailing plume of steam. Helicopter trips land on the island from Rotorua and Whakatane, along with boat trips from Whakatane.  

There are a number of challenging activities in the area, including tandem parachute jumping, sky diving, a hair-raising ride in a bungee rocket and rafting down the Wairoa River, one of the most spectacular stretches of white water in the country. 
     
To get there


  Tauranga and Mount Maunganui are just 2 ½ hrs drive from Auckland and only an hours drive from Rotorua. Tauranga Domestic airport is located five kilometres from the city centre. 

     


    



 



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