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The Bay of Plenty is a region on the north-east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is named for the large bay that stretches from East Cape to Coromandel Peninsula.


Map of Bay of Plenty

  • 1 Opotiki – an eastern coastal town, not far from its bigger neighbour Whakatane
  • 2 Rotorua – inland city with geothermal attractions, and a centre for the indigenous Maori culture
  • 3 Tauranga – the biggest city, with a harbour and ocean beaches
  • 4 Te Puke – a horticultural centre south-east of Tauranga
  • 5 Waihi Beach – small town at the western end, with 9 km white-sand beach, popular with surfing enthusiasts
  • 6 Whakatane – a coastal town, one of the sunniest in the country

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 White Island (Whakaari) – an active island volcano that you can fly over


Geothermal activity is a significant tourist attraction, particularly around Rotorua. The Taupo Volcanic Zone runs through the Bay of Plenty from the active volcanoes around Mount Ruapehu in the south-west to beyond White Island in the north-east. Here the Earth's crust is believed to be only 5 km thick in places. There are several other large, though dormant, volcanoes in this zone, including the volcanic calderas occupied by Lakes Taupo and Rotorua, as well as the more familiar volcanic cones.

Get in[edit]

Fly to Rotorua Airport (ROT IATA), Tauranga Airport (TRG IATA) or Whakatane Airport (WHK IATA).

InterCity is a coach company that serves more than 600 destinations nationwide.

Get around[edit]



  • Swimming with dolphins and whale watching
  • There are very famous MTB trails in Rotorua where you can bike through the redwood forest. If you don't have your own bike, you can also rent very well equipped MTBs including a helmet (~$50/d).
  • Relaxing on countless beaches throughout the bay.

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