The Bay of Plenty, with long white surf beaches, beautiful harbours and a warm climate where you will find most everything you need for a perfect holiday
. This area has much to offer its visitors whether you are looking for an active, adventurous or relaxing holiday destination. There is an abundance of activities, and some stunning scenery to enjoy.
This Bay of Plenty region includes New Zealandís most active geo-thermal area, Rotorua it is a popular tourist spot and New Zealandís Maori heartland, a place where you can experience the unique Maori culture. You will see the bubbling hot mud pools, erupting geysers and steam rising from the ground. Rotorua also offers some thing special in the way of outdoor activities which include stunt flying, white water sledging and rafting. If you enjoy Ďextremeí activities this may be the place for you.
The city of Tauranga is located on a stunning harbour; the region has one of the best climates in the country, ideal for growing kiwifruit, avocados and other sub-tropical fruit which is exported through the Port of Tauranga.
Sailing is a popular leisure activity as well as beach
and water sports. Tauranga and the nearby beach resort of Mt Maunganui have a wide variety of tourist activities you may like to try including surfing, kayaking, abseiling and much more.
You can take a scenic flight or boat trip to the still active White Island Volcano plus other pleasurable trips to popular places. The White Island Volcano is an exciting destination it is New Zealandís only active marine volcano and a well-liked visitor attraction. Most holidaymakers want to spend some time relaxing on the unspoilt sands and perhaps swimming in the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Tauranga is a cosmopolitan city, fast growing, vibrant and diverse where you can enjoy first-rate cuisine in one of the many restaurants and cafes. You will find accommodation ranges from hotels, motels and backpackers rooms with something to suit most budgets. There are plenty of shops in the city and at Mt Maunganui.
If you would like a change from the beach you might like to visit Katikate Bird Gardens, this beautiful park on the edge of Tauranga has a wide range of aviary birds on show including cockatoos, white and black swans, finches and lovebirds plus many more native and aviary species. The Cascade Fountain Gardens with unique water features, gardens
and sculptures may also be worth a visit.
Stunning beaches, diverse landscapes and so many picturesque areas, make the Bay of Plenty area one of New Zealandís most popular tourist destinations.