Bay of Plenty

Known for its sun, sand and surf, the Bay of Plenty is also a region rich in horticultural production and explosive volcanic history!

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 Tauranga city views  © Tourism Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty


Luxury oceanview hotels, beachside backpackers, friendly coastal holiday parks and welcoming B&Bs are all on offer amongst the Bay of Plenty accommodation options.

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 Surfing in Taranaki - home of Surf Highway 45.  © Josh Woskett

Bay of Plenty


Browse through all of the exciting activity options available in the Bay of Plenty. From surf lessons to fishing and hiking, take your pick. Challenging as well as relaxing opportunities await you!

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About Bay of Plenty

Visitors are drawn to the sparkling golden beaches of the Bay of Plenty region. Whether surfing and sunbathing at Mt Maunganui, swimming at Papamoa, coastal walks at Whakatane or snorkelling, boating and fishing at Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty's beaches are a spectacular and entertaining regional drawcard.

Home to the Kiwifruit Capital of the World (Te Puke) the Bay of Plenty has a rich history of horticultural production. Gaining its name from Captain Cook, who observed the area's plentiful food supplies, the Bay of Plenty has since gleaned a reputation as one of the country's top fruit producers and exporters.

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How do you get to Bay of Plenty?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Tauranga Airport is the region's largest airport. Serviced by Air New Zealand flights daily, the airport connects with most major airports throughout New Zealand. Tauranga Airport is located just 5kms from the central city.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services to the Bay of Plenty.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Tauranga and Whakatane are both common destinations for inter-city bus schedules as well as tour buses. Drop-offs and pick-ups may also be possible from other Bay of Plenty towns. There is also a regional bus service linking Bay of Plenty towns.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Several well-known car rental companies and a number of motorhome hire companies have depots in Tauranga - either at the airport or in the central city.