Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
The Bay of Plenty New Zealand is centred around its most obvious land mark, the extinct volcano of Mount Maunganui, which at 232 metres dominates Tauranga Harbour. In the region there are great surfing beaches, stretching all the way from Whakatane to Waihi Beach, that attract surfers all year round. Offshore, it is a paradise for fishing and diving off the many islands and reefs.
The Bay of Plenty gets its name from the regions highly productive farming community, with many orchards, growing kiwifruit, avocadoes, citrus and all manner of other crops. There is a large wine industry, and plentiful seafood industry, which all supply the local cafes and restaurants with great fresh food.
Tauranga Harbour is home to two marinas, full of yachts, fishing boats and launches. You could take one of the many charter boats on a deep sea fishing trip out to White or Mayor Islands. If you are wanting adventure, you could try swimming with the dolphins, blokarting, or sky diving. Afterwards relax at a spa or hot pool.
White Island, New Zealand
When in the Bay of Plenty, a visit to White Island cannot be missed. White Island is New Zealand's only active volcano, which you can reach either by launch or helicopter. White Island is one of the most amazing experiences you will experience, as you walk over the rocky volcanic landscape, surrounded by bubbling mud, steaming fumaroles, and the vivid colours of the sulphur vents. Launch trips depart from Whakatane, with Helicopter Flights from Rotorua, Tauranga or Whakatane.