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Bay of Plenty

Things to do in the Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty stretches across 260km of coast and almost constant white sandy beaches.  The biggest city in the Bay of Plenty is Tauranga, known mostly for Mount Maunganui which is now a suburb of Tauranga but used to be its own entity.

Rotorua and Whakatane are the other bigger towns within the Bay of Plenty, each with things to do and see.

The Bay of Plenty is famous for its climate as it’s warm most of the year.  It gets wet in spring, hot in summer and in the winter it’s a bit cooler.

There is so much to do, especially if you like surfing, swimming, diving and fishing on the coast.  Inland there is white water rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing on the lakes and rivers near Rotorua.

The average house prices are rising, mainly due to the cost of living in nearby Auckland with Tauranga being the most expensive in the area at around $800,000 for an average sized property.

The population of the Bay of Plenty is approx. 310,000 with a third of people living in Tauranga.

Karangahake Gorge
Things to do in Bay of Plenty
Stu Clark

Karangahake Gorge

Between Paeroa and Waihi on the notorious State Highway 2 is the hidden gem that most people simply drive through. Karangahake Gorge was once a

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Lake McClaren Glow Worms
Things to do in Bay of Plenty
Stu Clark

Lake McClaren Glow Worms

Our trip to see the Lake McClaren glow worms. We ventured out on our PPC paddle boards to Lake McClaren to check out the glow

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