The Bay of Plenty region is home to
spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and picturesque views.
When James Cook
arrived in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that
was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’. The Bay of Plenty, today, is no less a place of plenty.
Around Tauranga are hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit
and citrus fruit to avocados. Add to this bounty the local wines and the plentiful fresh
seafood and you just know that this is a place where you will dine well.
Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet
for surfers all year round. For the adventurous, there’s skydiving and for those more
keen on terra firma, blokarting (small land yachts) will blow the cobwebs away.
White Island – a quick helicopter ride from Whakatane – and you can walk, yes, on an
active volcano as it hisses, belches and rumbles. It’s that same geothermal activity
that provides the hot pools and spas that you will find in many places where you can
relax and let the world slide by. There is plentiful accommodation in the area;
everything from bed and breakfasts through to hotels and boutique lodges.