Bay of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty encompasses a large and physically diverse region that stretches from the lakes, rivers, caves and mountains in the centre of the North Island, and back out to the vineyards and coastline of the Hawkes Bay. The Bay of Plenty includes Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Whakatane, Opotiki, Rotorua,Taupo and Ruapehu.
The Bay of Plenty has a temperate climate that is as diverse as its landscapes, offering the sun and sand of summer, and a winter wonderland in the middle of the year. Offering the best of both worlds, with mild winters on the coast, snow and crisp winter days in the central regions, and warm, dry weather across most of the area in summer. Our hot summer days have enabled the cultivation of award-winning vineyards, while our winters are cold enough to offer world-famous skiing up to five months of the year Whakapapa and Turoa Skifields on Mt Ruapehu.
Tourism has been a key industry since the 1800s, when the first Maori guides welcomed European visitors to the world-famous Pink and White Terraces in Rotorua. Sadly these were destroyed by the Mt Tarawera eruption in 1886, but now the area is renowned for virtually every tourism activity under the sun, from adrenalin-pumping adventure through to the more sedate, but no less exciting, fly-fishing. Other highlights include hiking, skiing, wine-tasting and much more, all supported by a solid infrastructure that includes quality accommodation, restaurants, cafes and public transport.
As an area that has been hosting guests for nearly 150 years, the Bay of Plenty has an accommodation option to suit everyone, from luxury lodges through to backpackers, and everything in between, including five-star hotels, motels, homestays and holiday homes.
The region now has a population of more than half a million and the area includes cosmopolitan cities, bustling towns, rural areas and quaint villages.
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