Bay of Plenty
in Mount Maunganui
Hotels in Rotorua
Bay of Plenty is one of THE places
to visit in New Zealand courtesy of its beaches and moderate climate.
main cities in the Bay of Plenty are the tourist mecca of Rotorua
and the major port of Tauranga
and its satellite towns Mount
Maunganui and Papamoa.
is New Zealand's most active thermal region and the city has built
its reputation on providing excellent services for visitors, its
natural beauty and adventure activities.
and its surrounds - only 45 minutes from Rotorua - offer visitors
just about everything they could want.
and restaurants are high quality, accommodation plentiful and
outdoor activities abound.
don't forget to check out Cafe Versailles
- a fabulous restaurant in nearby Grey St. It is run by Michellin-awarded
chef Maurice Mourali and his wife Maurin and you won't get better
French food anywhere.
has recently taken over a new restaurant - the Nautilus
at the Sulphur Point marina, and it is terrific. The food, as you
would expect is fabulous and the setting is superb. It is NZ cuisine
with French and Mediterranean accents. And you can get steak tartar
worth giving the Nautilus a try, you'll be glad you did.
the harbour bridge from Tauranga is Mount Maunganui, or the Mount,
where you can take a walk up to the 232-metre-high summit of Mauao
for spectacular sea views, or around the base for more gentle exercise.
there are terrific hotpools to relax in.
the top of the Mount you can see to the Coromandel
Peninsula or down the coast to Papamoa
and the Maketu Peninsula.
the hinterland from Papamoa are the impressive Kaiate
Falls - just perfect for summer picnics and swimming.
the eastern border of the Bay of Plenty are the Kaimai Ranges (Kaimais)
and on the foothills there is a wonderful spot to relax in relative
is the McLaren Falls
a series of small waterfalls and rock pools that stretch away into
of Tauranga are the Katikati
Bird Gardens where you can take time out to stroll among hundreds
of varieties of birds.
the east is the town of Whakatane
where you can enjoy trips with Dolphin Seafaris to swim
with dolphins or take an adventure and head out to the active
White Island volcano by either boat or helicopter.
can also head inland from Whakatane and check out the Tarawera
Falls near Kawerau.