Lifestyle in the Bay

Popular as a holiday destination and as a place to live, work and play, the Bay of Plenty has environments and activities for everyone.

If you’re looking for action, try surfing the beach breaks, mountain biking redwood forest trails, whitewater rafting, hiking through lush native bush, racing down a luge track, or kayaking, boating or fishing our many lakes, rivers, or sheltered harbours. Or take in a sports game,like rugby or netball.

If you’re into more sedate activities, take a stroll on a white sand beach, soak in a hot spring, watch bubbling mud pools, amble along a coastal boardwalk, learn about Māori culture and New Zealand history, check out local art or take in some café culture. Around the region there are plenty of lifestyle and entertainment options to suit everybody.



Attractive beaches, colourful volcanic landscapes, kiwifruit orchards, urban areas, sheep and dairy farms, and heavily forested ranges. You’ll be spoilt for choice in how to fill your time off.

Click on the tourism website logos below for more information on the range of activities available on our doorstep:

Bay of Plenty Tourism

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