Bay Of Plenty

Whakatane

The Bay Of Plenty is a fantastic region to take a break from the riggers of every day life, with golden sand beaches and the harbor of Tauranga to explore there are many attractions and activities for every one.

Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay Of Plenty and provides many activities, you can go dolphin watching out in the bay which is always a favorite, there are fully guided kayaking adventures available with in safety of the Tauranga Harbor.

For the thrill seekers there are rafting adventures on the Wairoa River which provides several grade five rapids, there are numerous mountain bike tracks and parks through out the region, and surfing is available most days of the yrar on Papamoa Beach.

For hiking enthusiasts there are several walking tracks available in the area Mount Manganui at the heads of the Tauranga Harbor provides a fantastic walk up the volcanic cone with spectacular views from the top Leisure Island also provides a short walk along the beach to the end of the island. 

There are two beautiful waterfalls to view in the region, the Kaiate Falls a cascading type waterfall located off Kaiate Falls Road, and the McLaren Falls which are located just outside Tauranga that provide 190 hectares of parkland beside Lake McLaren a fantastic place for a picnic. 

Further south of Tauranga in the Bay Of Plenty is Whakatane the second largest city in the region, Whakatane is best known for big game fishing with tuna and marlin available, there are several charters available based in the Whakatane harbor during the season.

Moutohora Island also known as Whale Island is located north of Whakatane and sits just of the coastline, the island is a wildlife sanctuary and home to rare birds and reptiles there are fully guided tours and walks available from Whakatane tour companies.

Kohi Point Track starts off Sea View road in Whakatane and follows the ridge line out to the headland of Whakatane harbor and ends at Otarawairere bay on the south side of the headland the walk is around 1.5 to 2 hrs long and there are stunning views out to White Island and the coast line to the north and south of the harbor.

Just to the south of Whakatane is the small harbor of Ohope, here you can walk out along the sand bar that protects the harbor from the ocean, the harbor is also a safe place to kayak and there are inlets and tidal streams to explore every where, there are numerous mountain bike tracks dotted around the area inland from the coast.

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