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THE COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY, WHAKATANE, ROTORUA & TAUPO


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Contents

Introduction Welcome to the 2016/2017 edition of Explorer showcasing our stunning Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding areas. Renowned for its natural beauty, green pastures, misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches, there are endless options for your summer escape activities in this area. From the Coromandel Peninsula through to

historical Waihi and quirky Paeroa, then on to the aptly named Bay of Plenty. Pass through Tauranga and the Mount to Whakatane, culture/ adventure capital Rotorua and on to Taupo. So get page turning for details of what’s on offer including dining, attractions, local events and more… Explorer is a journey to be discovered!

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Coromandel .................................. 4-7 Waihi & Paeroa.............................8-11 Katikati ...................................... 12-13 Tauranga................................... 14-20 Tauranga Events ............................. 21 Mount Maunganui ..................... 22-25 Papamoa & Te Puke ...................26-28 Mt Maunganui & Papamoa Events............................. 29 Matamata ..................................30-31 Whakatane................................ 32-38 Whakatane & Ohope Events ............ 39 Rotorua..................................... 40-43 Taupo ....................................... 44-47


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The Coromandel Peninsula

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WHANGAMATA

FAMILY FUN

The Coromandel is good for the soul in ways that a big city isn’t. With a mountainous interior cloaked in native rainforest and more than 400 kilometres of dazzling white sand beaches, it is a relaxed haven that is unspoiled.

Activities and attractions are plentiful, from fishing and diving to hiking and cycling. Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island and within an hour and a half drive of the major centres Auckland, Hamilton and Rotorua.

Within two hours either side of low tide visitors flock to the usually deserted Hot Water Beach to find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Rated as one of the world's most renowned beaches - digging your own natural spa is one experience that should be on your bucket list.

THE COROMANDEL BREWING COMPANY The Pour House is a small brewery bar and casual eatery with a lovely garden to enjoy a casual evening or afternoon. Suitable for all, including children, it is situated at the start of the walk to the world renowned Cathedral Cove secluded beach. The Pour House make their own local beers which they match with local cheeses and seafood where possible. New Zealand wines and ciders are also available.

CATHEDRAL COVE Accessible only on foot or by boat, one of the ‘must visit’ sites of The Coromandel. The track begins at the northern end of Hahei and takes around two hours. The best way to explore the breath-taking coastline of the reserve is said to be by kayak, water taxi or scenic boat cruise. Rated by New Zealand’s leading tour companies as one of the best sea kayaking trips in the country, the‘Cathedral Cove Classic’ has it all. Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve opens up a sea kayaking paradise full of beaches, islands and rock gardens that are just waiting to be explored. Paddle through sea caves and interact with the local marine life. Bookings essential – Call Mike Grogan at Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours on 0800 529 258, text 0274 430 266, or email info@ seakayaktours.co.nz. Locals Advice: The morning tour usually has the lightest wind and calmest sea conditions!


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Castle Rock Cafe Check us out during summer! Coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Takeaways dayy y available l bl allll d emade Shop sells all our own homemade chutney, Fruit Vinegars and jams.

Katikati Open-Air Art has been operating for 26 years. There are over 66 pieces of work on display in NZ’s biggest open air art gallery. Many depicting the history of Katikati town. Mural Tours - Katikati Information Centre Oct - Mar Saturday and Sunday at 11am $10 per person Enquires Ph 07 549 5250

We are on the Pacific Coast Highway. From Coromandel: Follow State Highway 25 for 12.5 kms, over the Whangapoua Hill, and we are on the right, opposite Te Rerenga School.

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HAHEI

There is a wide range of local art on offer throughout the Coromandel the natural beauty and lifestyle has always been popular with artists. Check out www.thecoromandel.com for ideas of where to go, or jump on an art trail or retreat.

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY! The Coroglen – an iconic kiwi pub known for its lovable local rogues and stonking summer line ups, located in the beautiful rural town of Coroglen. Call in for a brew, a chompin’ burger and a bit of cheeky kiwi banter! Check out their summer line up at www.coroglentavern.co.nz.

Driving Creek Railway & Potteries is a fun all ages experience, featuring New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway journey climbing through regenerating native Kauri forest. Unique pottery sculptures and tile murals line the track, before reaching the ‘Eyefull Tower’ lookout.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Whiritoa Beach is populated by kiwi baches and a general store. Found on the Pacific Coast Highway Whiritoa is a great place to fish, surf and snorkel. A 15 minute walk will take you to the secluded Waimama Bay that features white sand, crystal clear waters and a canopy of gnarly Pohutukawa trees.

NEW CHUM BEACH Hidden away from the masses is the spectacular New Chum Beach, consistently voted as one of the world’s top beaches. This stunning stretch of golden sand is fringed by Pohutukawa and native forest accessible by foot or private boat. A jewel in New Zealand’s coastal crown!


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Paeroa... The best little town in the middle of everywhere. There’s always something happening here. Call in or phone for all you need to know about what’s happening around town. Coming up over the summer months Our famous Pa P eroa Christmas Lights Show Annual Highland Games & Ta T ttoo V8 & Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet Battle of the Streets ECHO Walking Festival Call Jo Tilsley T 07 862 6999 M 027 330 3170 E enquiries@paeroa.org.nz Or the Paeroa Information Hub T 07 862 8636 E pae.info@xtra.co.nz

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Paeroa & Waihi

FAMILY FUN

Paeroa is a central hub at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula and the entrance through to the Bay of Plenty, giving access to many activities in both the immediate and wider areas such as the bush and the beaches. There are several places of interest to visit within the town such as the Historical Maritime Museum or the seven metre high L&P bottle, or get lost amongst the numerous op shops and antique stores overflowing with collectables! Venture a little further afield to explore the wondrous Karangahake Gorge.

KARANGAHAKE GORGE

CRUISING BACK IN TIME The Ariana Riverboat Cruise is a restored river launch closely resembling the type of craft once used by the Northern Steamship Co, to service its larger vessels that plied between 1880 and the 1900’s. The Ariana carries a maximum of 20 passengers and is available for river excursions on the Waihou and Ohinemuri rivers or a special trip by river to the Pioneer Tavern in Hikutaia. For more information phone 07) 862 8896.

The beautiful Karangahake Gorge links Paeroa to Waihi and features walkways, old tunnels and mining history. The Karangahake Gorge historic walkway follows the old Paeroa to Waihi railway line with the remainder of the track following the banks of the Ohinemuri River. Old mine buildings and machinery can be seen from a number of locations on the walkway. A highlight of the Hauraki Rail Trail includes riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge. The trail follows the path of two historic railway lines, running from Thames to Paeroa and Waikino to Te Aroha, while a new path will link Waikino to Waihi. A number of short walks including the Windows Walk and Rail Tunnel Loop, as well as the longer walks of Karangahake Mountain and the Karangahake Historic Walkway, can all be experienced in the gorge. For more information visit www.thecoromandel.com/Paeroa/.


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WAIHI BEACH

The Waihi region is a great place to appreciate what New Zealand’s outdoors has to offer. It’s extremely diverse topography provides a rich playground for all to enjoy, from lush bush to sandy beaches. Known as the country’s ‘Heart of Gold’, Waihi’s gold-mining heritage is embraced and on display side-by side with current mining using modernday extraction methods. Check out Martha Mine via the Pit Rim Walkway to view the local openpit mine that is still fully operational.

OROKAWA BAY The enjoyable walk to Orokawa Bay includes beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Waihi Beach. This bay has to be one of the finest scenic jewels in the Bay of Plenty area.

FAMILY FUN

SOAK UP THE SUN Bullswool Farm Park offer an unforgettable hands-on rural experience, set in beautiful farmland. Follow the walking tracks and get up close to many rare-breed farm animals - all friendly and able to be handfed. While you’re there why not visit the Gold & Kauri Heritage Museum and Bush Discovery Reserve. Learn about native New Zealand birds, trees and aquatic life, and about the fascinating history of the Karangahake Gorge’s first miners and kauri bushmen.

Waihi Beach offers 9km of sweeping white sand and is one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand. Relax on the beach and enjoy the sunshine or partake in more adventurous activities such as boogie boarding, kayaking or kite boarding.


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Katikati

FAMILY FUN

Just 30 minutes’ drive north of Tauranga lives the country’s largest outdoor art gallery. Katikati is known as ‘New Zealand’s Mural Town’, with at least 60 pieces of art depicting the history of this bustling rural town painted on walls and commercial buildings throughout the town. Guided mural tours are available for $10 every weekend between October and March, departing at 11am from the information centre in Katikati’s main street. The Katikati Bird Gardens are a great family day out and beautiful place to unwind. Featuring a wide range of native, colourful birds, as well as water-lily ponds, mature trees from around the world, flower gardensand natural wetlands, the gardens are a delight all year round. Plus there is a cafe and gift shop on site. Visit www.birdgardens.co.nz to find out more.

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PICNIC SPOT Tuapiro Point is a hidden gem with great views of Bowentown and – through the entrance – Mayor Island. It's a great place for a swim or a picnic, there's a ski lane, but more often than not it is people exercising dogs or horses that make up the majority of visitors.

OUTDOOR ENJOYMENT Katikati’s Haiku Pathway is the largest collection of haiku 'stones' outside Japan and the only haiku pathway in the Southern Hemisphere. The pathway meanders along both sides of the Uretara Stream just behind the town’s main street and is popular with locals, as well as national and international visitors.


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Tauranga

TAURANGA CBD

Whether you want to dine out, shop or explore, Tauranga is the place to be. It is the main centre of the region located at the entrance to the Tauranga Harbour and nestled beside magnificent Mauao (Mount Maunganui). Located right on the water’s edge, this city is

known for its blue skies, warm climate, sparkling harbour and relaxed lifestyle. There is always something appealing happening in Tauranga from good old family activities to popular events and festivals which draw people from far and wide.

FAMILY FUN

The Strand waterfront has undergone a major redevelopment in the past few years, with changes including a children’s play area and water feature, seating areas, cultural artwork and Hairy Maclary & Friends bronze sculptures. The Strand also has a wide variety of cafes, restaurants and pubs with a vibrant nightlife to boot.

ART ATTACK Tauranga Art Gallery is a must visit holding high quality historical and contemporary art exhibitions within its contemporary gallery space, located in the heart of Tauranga.

CATCH OF THE DAY! Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market on Dive Crescent famous locally for fish and chips that you can eat right there on the waterfront. You can even bring a bottle of wine… just don’t forget glasses!


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Tauranga hosts an amazing local Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning at Tauranga Primary School. The best seasonal produce, pantry ideas and tasty treats can be found at

the market, served up to you by many a friendly face. With live music and hot coffee on hand, the market is a perfect Saturday morning outing. Don’t forget your reusable bags!

GO WILD Situated adjacent to McLaren Falls Park, Marshalls Animal Park is comprised of 35 acres of friendly animals and fun. Well-planned walkways guide you to a closeup and personal encounter with domestic and exotic animals. Children are able to feed and play with a host of farmyard animals and see the unusual Tibetan yaks, giant African ostriches, Texas longhorns, several breeds of sheep, deer, goats, birds, pigs and horses from the mighty shire to cute miniatures.

FUN & ADVENTURE Waimarino is a tranquil paradise situated on the banks of the Wairoa River just 10 minutes from Tauranga city. This adventure park is focused around the sport of kayaking and offers a wide range of other fun activities, as well as tours. If you’re in need of a venue then look no further – their purpose-built function, conference, team building and wedding venue ‘Waverly on Wairoa’ is an amazing choice for your special event.

A TASTE OF YESTERYEAR The Historic Village on 17th Avenue is a collection of original and replica buildings from early Tauranga, set in gorgeous gardens and natural bush surrounds. Experience the charm of a time of a bygone era as you stroll the cobbled streets of the Village. See the grand buildings and shop for a great selection of local art and gifts.


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If adventure is what you’re after there is plenty on offer in Tauranga. You could check out Maddix Bike Park for all your motorcycling and quadbiking needs, where there is a main MX track for both seniors and juniors as well as a separate track for mini bikes. The park also

features 2km and 15km native bush trail loops.

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Need more of a challenge? Head to Adrenalin Forest BOP situated in teh TECT All Terrain Park on Whataroa Road. Includes six great ropes courses that progress in height and difficulty through the trees, from the ground up to 20 metres high!

Pori Pori waterhole is surrounded by rocks and forest with beautiful scenery. There are tiny bath size holes and other big deep waterholes for stronger, more confident swimmers. The waterfalls are in swimming distance for capable swimmers. Bring along your picnic basket as Pori Pori waterhole is an all day, full of fun, place to be. Located off SH 29 on Poripori Road, this swimming spot is along the Wairoa River and parking is available at the start of Poripori Road.

FAMILY FUN

MAKE A SPLASH Memorial Pools are a popular summertime destination for the family with an onsite barbeque for family and group get-togethers. Located at Memorial Park off Devonport Road.

Flip Out Indoor Trampoline Arena Tauranga is the perfect destination for indoor entertainment when you need a break from the sun. This fun and exciting tramp park features a Main Arena, Kids Arena, Foam Pit, Wall Trampolines and Slam Ball - something for all ages! Flip Out’s Industrial cafe is the perfect place for parents to sit and relax while the kids burn energy.

GETTING AROUND For detailed information on the Tauranga bus service visit the Bay Bus Website www.baybus.co.nz. With over 3100 public car parks available in Downtown Tauranga, there are plenty to choose from.Visit www. downtowntauranga.co.nz/parking for information on parking and parking buildings in the Tauranga CBD.


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Tauranga Events NIGHT OWL CINEMA

Various dates/locations A summer series of open cinema events under the stars. The Little Big Market foodies will be there too for all your movie snack needs! Check the website nightowlcinema.org.nz for upcoming dates, movies and locations.

A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Bethlehem College, Tauranga 17 December 2016

Bethlehem’s version of Christmas in the Park, this event celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. A free family event to sing carols by candlelight, enjoy a variety concert and marvel at the fireworks display.

TAURANGA CHRISTMAS AT THE RACES

Tauranga Racecourse, Tauranga 21 December 2016

Head to the races for fine festive food, live entertainment, exciting racing action and the chance to dress up and toast the season. Simply choose a hospitality package that suits your group’s style and budget and turn up on the day!

NEW YEARS EVE SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND FIREWORKS CELEBRATION Tauranga Waterfront, Tauranga 31 December 2016

Grab your picnic rugs and shade tents for the New Year’s Eve celebrations on Tauranga’s Waterfront - with a sausage sizzle at 5pm and fireworks at 9.30pm. After dark enjoy New Year’s Eve on The Strand followed by more fireworks again at midnight on the Waterfront.

KATIKATI TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES Katikati Haiku Reserve, Katikati 7 and 28 January; 11 February 2017

Top class performers take the stage for an exceptional summer concert series. Pack a picnic, chairs and a rug for these magical evenings. See katikaticoncerts.co.nz for more details.

TAURANGA A&P LIFESTYLE SHOW 2017

Tauranga Racecourse, Tauranga 15 January 2017 A true kiwi icon, this event helps to bring the town and country communities together. Featuring a full range of equestrian competition, sheep shearing, axe men and involving all the fun of the fair in one venue.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING The Historic Village, Tauranga 19 – 29 January 2017

Summer Shakespeare Tauranga brings you their second season in the Annual Outdoor Summer Shakespeare series. This year is the much-loved comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Come along and enjoy a unique evening amidst the colonial-style buildings and cobbled streets of The Historic Village.

THE WINERY TOUR 2017

Wharepai Domain, Tauranga 27 January 2017 Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Winery Tour is back! Featuring Brooke Fraser, Bic Runga and Benny Tipene. A great way to enjoy a summer evening with lots of yummy wine on offer.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL

Tauranga Domain, Tauranga 4 – 5 February 2017 NZ’s best reggae festival is back on Waitangi weekend! Including Six60, Katchafire, Kolohe Kai, Rebel Souljahz,

Sammy J, Tomorrow People, Sons of Zion, Aaradhna and more!

THE EXTRAVAGANZA

Memorial Park, Tauranga 4 – 6 February Welcome to Season 2 of NZ’s largest and newest traveling gypsy event! We’re bringing a unique style of market stalls, arts and crafts, food, musical entertainment, Unique to NZ Tiny Homes, kids’ shows and games to the Bay.

INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL TAURANGA HARNESS RACES Tauranga Racecourse, Tauranga 5 February 2017

A family day out at the races to end the holidays on a high! Pack a picnic or sample the local fare on offer. A festive atmosphere with something for all ages.

NZ INTERNATIONAL TATTOO AND ART EXPO

Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre, Tauranga 18 – 19 February 2017 The 7th International Tattoo and Art Expo will showcase the creativity of art through live tattooing, burlesque, music, graffiti and more. Head along for the chance to see four stars of the hit US TV show ‘Ink Masters’ in action.

ACCELERATION ON WATER FESTIVAL OF SPEED MASPORT CUP REGATTA

The Strand, Tauranga 4 – 5 March 2017

An awesome two days of activity at the Downtown Tauranga waterfront with plenty of excitement on and off the water. This is a free community event, so head down with the kids and be a part of the action!


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Mount Maunganui

CAMPING AT THE MOUNT

The Mount is a great place to try your hand at a new sport. Many companies in the area offer lessons and gear hire for activities such as surfing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, kayaking, fishing, paragliding, windsurfing and more. If it’s a windy day head down to Tay Street beach for some amazing kite surfing inspiration. Alternatively, calm weather is perfect for paddle boarding – Pilot bay is great for beginners as it is sheltered and without surf.

TAKE A SCENIC STROLL The Mount Base Track is a great scenic walk around the base of Mount Maunganui. At 3.5km this walk is suitable for all levels of fitness. Watch out for marine life as the walk takes you from surf to harbour. Climbing to the top of Mount Maunganui is a scenic feast, featuring native bush and birds as well as views out to Matakana and Mayor Islands. Look out over the Mount main beach and the white sandy beaches of the coastline, which disappears into the distance towards Whakatane. At 3.8km uphill, this walk is suited to a slightly more advanced level of fitness, but well worth the huff and puff for the reward at the top!

INTERESTING FACT Nearly one million people walk or run around the base track of Mauao (Mount Maunganui) each year.

LOCAL ICON Step out of the ocean and into Copenhagen Cones if you know what is good for you! These ice creams are an absolute dream on a hot summer’s day… but time your visit right because there is often a line out the door and down the footpath! Open for more than 30 years, Copenhagen serves beautiful waffle cones filled with ice cream or frozen yoghurt, and a variety of yummy toppings. The BEST.


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PILOT BAY

FAMILY FUN

A quintessential summer evening in the Mount is spent with family and friends picnicking on Pilot Bay, watching the cruise ships depart the harbour. Bring your togs and towels, grab some Baywave TECT Aquatic & Leisure Centre is one of the Bay of Plenty’s top regional attractions, drawing in over 230,000 visitors every year! Fun for the family and a great rainy day option as all facilities are indoors. Features and facilities include a 25m Lap Pool, Leisure Pool with Wave Machine

fish and chips and watch the sun go down in this piece of paradise. For the best spot and carpark, head down early to beat the crowds. Grab a cruise ship schedule at www.port-tauranga.co.nz. and Hydroslide, Splash Pool, Spa Pool, Steam and Sauna facilities, Poolside Cafe, swimwear and merchandise for sale, Clubfit Gym upstairs, birthday parties at Pirate Island and Little Splashes Childcare. Located on the corner of Girven and Gloucester Roads, opposite Bayfair.

OUR BEAUTIFUL BEACHES The beaches at Mount Maunganui are numerous and safe for swimmers and surfers. The top spot for swimming is the Main Beach, located at the foot of the Mount and facing the Pacific Ocean - always remember to swim between the flags.

CAFE CULTURE Across from the main beach are a number of cafes to enjoy a meal or coffee while taking in the vibe and ambience of the area. Maunganui Road in downtown Mount Maunganui is also popular for boutique shopping and top class restaurants, bars and cafes.


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Papamoa & Te Puke

PAPAMOA HILLS

One of the most popular walks in the Bay is the cherished Papamoa Hills. With endless views overlooking the plains and coastline below, this walk certainly delivers in the scenery stakes. Enjoy a mixture of farmland, native forest and archaeological Maori pa sites – walking along the terraced pa remains gives an insight into the prime positioning that pa sites required for defence purposes.

HOLE IN ONE! With its undulating fairways, mature trees and water feature with fountain, Te Puke Golf Course is a beautiful place to go for a round of golf while on holiday. Just south of Te Puke, 18 holes green fees from only $20 on Sundays and Mondays and 9 holes for only $12, for keen golfer’s this is a must visit destination!

FAMILY FUN

Dinner in the Domain is a summer artisan food market that runs once a month from November to March. Enjoy food, music, craft beer and more. Find out more at www.facebook.com/DinnerintheDomain.

SHOP TILL YOU DROP Just 400 metres from the beach, Papamoa Plaza has always been at the forefront of providing a great shopping experience. Anchored by The Warehouse and Countdown, Papamoa Plaza has that great lifestyle balance that this area is known for! With an amazing retail mix, the Plaza offers more than 40 shops including a Food Court, McDonalds, Paper Plus and Robert Harris to name a few. A two minute stroll away you’ll find Fashion Island. The name speaks volumes – it’s all about fashion! Retail stores include Bendon, Jacqui E, Portmans and Supre plus much more.


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14th January - New Zealand Saloon Car Grand Prix 18th February - Super Stock Rumble and the final round of the La-z-boy Saloon Car Series 4th March - Street Stock Invasion 30th December – International Midget Series, Valvoline Saloon Speedweek Series

11th March - Champion of Champion Sprint Car Series 25th March - Bay of Plenty Championships

4th January - Free Style Moto X and the Laz-boy Saloon Car Series - Round 2

15th April - Demolition Derby and South Pacific 6 Shooter Championship

7th January - Demolition Derby and Champion of Champions Sprint Car Series

29th April - Closing Night Fireworks Extravaganza and Harry Fredrickson Gold Cup

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Mount & Papamoa Events GOURMET NIGHT MARKET Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui Every Friday night from Dec 2016 - March 2017 The Bay of Plenty’s premier night market serves you up a diverse range of specialty street food from some of the Bay’s top food trucks and restaurants.

DINNER IN THE DOMAIN Papamoa Domain, Papamoa Every Thursday night from Dec 2016 March 2017 Street food, music, craft beer and demonstrations. Celebrate summer under the trees with this wonderful community food market series.

THE LITTLE BIG MARKETS Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa Domain, Papamoa The Little Big Markets are a communitybased icon that brings people together while enjoying some of the best artisan food and craft around.

SANITARIUM WEET-BIX KIDS TRYATHLON Arataki Park, Mount Maunganui 18 December 2016 Every young Kiwi grows up with the dream of holding their hands up in triumph and being presented with a winner’s medal…The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is perfect for kids to give triathlon a go! For ages 5 – 12 with team and individual entry options.

INTERNATIONAL MIDGET SERIES & VALVOLINE SALOON CAR SPEEDWEEK ASB Baypark, Mount Maunganui 30 December 2016 Treat the family to an action-packed post-Christmas outing! The world’s best Midget Car drivers from Australia, USA, and New Zealand race for the glory of winning the 40 lap feature race. Check out

the Speedway calendar online for more exciting upcoming events!

2017 NZ MENS AND WOMENS MID AM CHAMPIONSHIP

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Omanu Golf Course, Mount Maunganui 13 – 15 January 2017

ASB Baypark, Mount Maunganui 2 January 2017 Now in its second year, Bay Dreams is back and better than ever! Set across four stages with an amazing lineup of international and local acts such as Shapeshifter, Sticky Fingers, Kora, Peking Duck, Yelawolf, and many more. If that’s not enough, check out the Warm Up Party on the 1st of January! Camping available.

BEAST OF A FEAST Soper Reserve, Mount Maunganui 3 January 2017 Beast of a Feast is the newest food, craft beer and music festival to hit Mount Maunganui this summer. A rock star lineup of some of New Zealand’s best breweries and street food vendors provides the perfect setting for you to acclimatise into the New Year!

BLACKCAPS VS BANGLADESH 2ND ANZ T20 Blake Park, Mount Maunganui 6 January 2017 Experience international cricket at its best in the New Year! A great day of drama, costumes and fun in the sun. If you miss out on the 6th, the third T20 test is also in the Mount on the 8th. See you there!

MOUNT FESTIVAL OF MULTISPORT Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui 6 – 8 January 2017 Including The Port of Tauranga Half, the BOP Times NZ Beach Volleyball Champs, the Under Armour Mount Run and more. Along with a line of new sporting events, there will be family and social entertainment events for all ages and abilities.

The 2017 New Zealand Men’s Mid Amateur will be combined and played simultaneously with The 2017 NZ Women’s Mid Amateur. This event is a 54-hole stroke play championship by age group, with net events running concurrently.

BURGER KING 3X3 QUEST TOUR 2017 Blake Park, Mount Maunganui 21 January 2017 5-aside streetball in a fast-paced format that’s easy to play. Entry is free and open to players of all ages - just create a player profile on 3x3planet.com and register your team. It’s that easy! There’s also a slam dunk contest and 3-point shoot-out competition during the day, with prizes up for grabs!

TAURANGA CITY AIRSHOW Classic Flyers, Mount Maunganui 21 January 2017 The Tauranga City Air Show fills the skies over Tauranga! Static and flying aviation displays, food stalls and children’s entertainment. Air displays will start in the late afternoon and continue until evening.

NITRO CIRCUS LIVE ASB Baypark, Mount Maunganui 11 February 2017 The world’s greatest action sports show, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live, is coming to Tauranga for the first time ever! Featuring 30 of the world’s best extreme athletes in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate.


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Matamata

WAIRERE FALLS

FAMILY FUN

Matamata is a rural town nestled at the base of the scenic Kaimai Ranges and only a short 30 minute drive from Tauranga. It is well known for its thoroughbred industry, dairy farming heritage, and historic Firth Tower Museum. Centrally situated, Matamata offers a range of walking and

tramping options, golf courses, and an extensive selection of cafés and accommodation options. Since the launch of the Lord of the Rings movies and the subsequent opening of the Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Matamata has become a vibrant visitor destination, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Located in the beautiful town of Tirau, The Castle Pamela combines the traditional atmosphere of a castle with the marvel of New Zealand’s largest doll, toy and train collection! Located at 10 Bridge Street, Tirau.

A STEP BACK IN TIME Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the Firth Tower Museum gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Picnic under the venerable oaks or take a stroll. Learn something of life in a more leisured age through our museum displays housed in 13 buildings. The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth to provide a lookout over the country side, and it was used as the estate office and as sleeping quarters for single men. The tower stands on rising ground commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. Visit www.firthtower.co.nz for more details.

THE SHIRE AWAITS Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the rural setting for The Shire that featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. The hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures created for the films can be viewed, as well as learning how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire. Visit www.hobbitontours.com for further information.


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Whakatāne,

Gateway to White Island

One incredible day deserves another Walk up towards the volcanic crater. Steam billows into the air, pools bubble, and the Earth’s force whooshes from vents in the rock. Whakaari/White Island is an incredible trip. It’s just the start of what the Whakatāne District offers you. Ride or run fantastic trails. Sail, surf, swim, catch excellent dining, taste wonderful summer fruits. You’ll find so many incredible days to choose from in Whakatāne

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Whakatane

WHITE ISLAND

Located at the mouth of the Whakatane River, Whakatane is a unique coastal town with a variety of activities on offer. Being an active volcano, White Island is a key attraction that can be visited by boat

or helicopter. Visitors should also consider checking out the local beaches, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, chartered fishing cruises, surf tours and more.

FAMILY FUN

Found on the outskirts of Whakatane, Julian’s Berry Farm is a great family day out. Pick your own fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries, boysenberries, blueberries or ranuiberries. Try the famous berry icecreams or berry-themed baked lunches in the cafe. Check out www.juliansberryfarm.co.nz.

EXPERIENCE THE POWER Frontier Helicopters White Island Volcano Adventure takes you to the edge and into a continuously active volcano, a living breathing geological giant where you will experience the power of nature in its untouched form. Your view from high above takes in towering steam columns, bold landforms and intricate textures make for an awesome spectacle. Flying over the volcano you can sense the energy of each billowing crater and steam vents. Land, and take our one hour guided walk and experience the raw energy and rich colours of White Island.

INTERESTING FACT Whakatane’s climate is without equal; it was the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and the North Island’s Sunniest Place in 2011.

CULTURAL HUB The town is the artistic and cultural_ hub of the District; with regular art exhibitions at Te Koputu a te Whanga a _ Toi - the Whakatane Exhibition _ Centre, and many sites of historical significance to Maori.


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WHAKATANE OVERLOOK

Nga Tapuwae o Toi, or the ‘Footprints of Toi’, is a walkway which captures the essence of the Whakatane District. It includes pa sites of major historic significance, superb native forest, spectacular pohutukawa stands, unsurpassed coastal views, seabird colonies, forest birds in abundance, plantation forest and rural vistas. The track includes three major scenic reserves Kohi Point Scenic Reserve, Ohope Scenic Reserve and Mokoroa Scenic Reserve. The walkway is

accessible to most people, regardless of fitness level, because it can be undertaken in sections or as a 16-kilometre round trip. The total trip can be completed in five to seven hours. Information boards placed in strategic locations tell much more of the district’s natural and historic heritage. If you intend to complete the entire 16-kilometre round trip, it is recommended you do so in a clockwise direction; the track is far more challenging going in the opposite direction.

ART HUB The community’s arts and culture hub, Te Koputu a Te Whanga a Toi, opened in June 2012. The centre hosts the Horizon Energy Library, the Whakatane District Museum display and three gallery spaces. The Horizon Energy Library offers self-checkout, after-hours returns, comfortable places for reading and research, and interactive opportunities for young people. The Centre’s Museum display offers engaging experiences with stories and taonga (treasures) of the Whakatane District.

MEET THE LOCALS The Ohope Craft Market is one of the Bay of Plenty’s biggest and most vibrant markets with local crafts, food, plants and produce. Held every two weeks on Saturday from 8am over summer and monthly over winter. Talk to local food producers, pick up some bargains and see a range of crafts and gifts from local artisans.


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THORNTON BEACH

REFLEXOLOGY Men out fishing? Feel like some pampering ME time? Enjoy the health benefits of a reflexology and relaxation treatment in tranquil rural surroundings, 12 minutes from Whakatane. Eight minute walk from Thornton Beach Holiday Park. Let the tensions of the day melt away and rejuvenate your mind and body.

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A Enjoy delicious freshly-picked, frozen and pick-your-own berries, along with a range other local produce and products made with Julians berries: jams, sauces, soaps, moisturisers and many more! Sit down to a meal or relax with a cup of coffee and fresh berry baking in the beautiful, sheltered child-friendly café overlooking the berry fields. Children love our berry ice creams - which are world famous in Whakatane - and have a ball at the animal farm, playground, and the new mini golf course.

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THE LADY ON THE ROCK

Unveiled at the Whakatane Heads in 1965 as a memorial to the wife of Sir William Sullivan, this bronze statue atop Turuturu Rock lies at the mouth of the Whakatane River and commemorates the bravery of Wairaka and the daughter of Toroa, captain-navigator of the Mataatua waka. When the Mataatua waka first arrived at Whakatane after making a perilous voyage from Ngati Awa’s ancestral homeland of Hawaiki 600 years ago, the men left the women alone in the canoe while they went ashore. When the canoe started to drift back to sea, Wairaka (defying the tapu that forbade women to handle a canoe) seized the paddle and brought the waka back to shore crying, “Kia Whakatane au i ahau” (I will act the part of a man). This cry is the origin of the town’s name. Easy viewing from Muriwai Drive, Whakatane.

ISLAND TIME Moutohora (Whale Island) is one of New Zealand’s little known treasures and home to a number of New Zealand’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles. Due to the precious nature of this pest free island access is highly restricted to the general public and the only way to visit the island is with a Department of Conservation approved concessionaire. Sitting only 9km off the coast of Whakatane, the journey to Moutohora is just a short 15 minute boat ride aboard ‘The Moutohora Cat’. The fully guided tour of the island allows visitors to learn about the flora and fauna and the conservation effort focused on Moutohora for the past 50 years. Visit www.whiteisland.co.nz for further details.

SUNSHINE AND A PLATE Celebrate summer’s bounty and local delicacies at this week long food festival including celebrity dining, markets, whiskey, beer and food tastings and cooking master classes galore. Held at various locations at the end of February with tickets available at the Whakatane iSite and www.sunshineandaplate.nz.


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Whakatane & Ohope Events

SUMMERCROSS - NATIONAL MOTOCROSS

Corner of Braemar and Caverhill Road, Matata 27 – 28 December 2016 Check out the exhilarating action at the Awakaponga MX track with more than 500 riders across 19 classes, along with thousands of spectators.

OHOPE BEACH FEST

− Mahy Reserve, Ohope 2 January 2017

A quintessential summer tradition for the holiday season. Enjoy live music, browse the food markets and take in a movie under the stars.

SURF LIFESAVING CAMP TO CLUB RUN Ohope Top 10 to Whakatane Surf Club 4 January 2017

This is an 8km run/ jog/ walk from the − Ohope Top 10 campground along the beach to the Surf Club and raises funds for the Whakatane Surf Club.

WHAKATANE TOUCH RUGBY TOURNAMENT Rugby Park 6 – 7 January 2017

The largest touch rugby event in New Zealand, attracting top sportsmen and celebrities. Join us for the 30 year celebrations.

NATIONAL BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR Maraetotara Reserve, Ohope 13 – 14 January 2017

See all the action from NZ and the world’s best beach volleyball players on Ohope Beach.

LIONS’ BERRY FESTIVAL Wharaurangi, the Strand 14 January 2017

Celebrate our abundant region and see who’s crowned the Berry Queen,

downtown Whakata ¯ ne. Fun for all the family, lots of crafts, curios, foods and entertainment.

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL DANCE CARNIVAL

Wharaurangi, the Strand 21 January 2017

A celebration of dance in its many forms. Performances by local dance and drumming groups, showcasing many cultures and styles. Bring your dancing shoes and join in the fun.

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL ARTHOUSE MARKET

Arthouse, Short St, Whakatane 22 January 2017 This unique art market will sell only quality, locally hand produced art and craft.

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL SCULPTURE ON THE RIVERBANK Warren Cole Walkway, opposite New World 21 – 28 January 2017

The sculpture symposium takes place over a week. There will be artists working on their sculptures along with tutors on hand every day during the symposium.

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL MOLLY MORPETH CANADAY ART AWARDS OPENING Te Koputu a te Whanga a Toi 27 January 2017

Grab your tickets for this hotly sought after event as soon as you can. This nationally recognised art award recognises outstanding works in the fields of painting and drawing. Exhibition 28th – 12th March.

SURTEES ONEBASE FISHING TOURNAMENT Whakatane Fishing Club 27 – 29 January 2017

The Whakatane Sport Fishing Club’s premier event with over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Categories include the heaviest marlin or snapper.

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL JAZZ IN THE PARK Whakatane Rose Gardens 11 February 2017

Bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy the music or dance the evening away to a live jazz band at the Whakata ¯ ne Gardens.

− PORT OHOPE SUP BOARD FESTIVAL

Port Ohope General Store 18 – 19 March 2017

This stand up paddle board event reflects the Eastern Bay style… relaxed and fun. Categories range from novice to masters, with the premier event to be held on Sunday. www.portohope.co.nz.

OXFAM TRAILWALKER Whakatane District 25 – 26 March 2017

Each year more than 1,200 people take on the incredible challenge of completing either a 50km or 100km team walk within 36 hours, to support Oxfam’s lifesaving work throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia. See www.oxfam.org.nz.

OHOPE EXPRESS

− Maraetotara Reserve, Ohope 15 April 2017 Whether you’re looking to beat your personal best on a flat, fast and scenic course, or you want a fun day with friends and family, this event is for you. Choose from a neat 5km walk all the way to a half marathon.


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Rotorua

REDWOODS TREETOP WALK

Opened in January 2016, the Redwoods Treetop Walk is one of the newest attractions in Rotorua. It is a truly unique experience and something that not only tourists can enjoy! Locals too have been flocking to the forest to feel the magic for themselves. Unlike some of the adrenalin packed adventures that Rotorua has on offer, the Treewalk is something people of many ages and abilities can appreciate. As long as you can put one foot in front of the other you are a candidate for this activity – the age range of visitors to date is 2-92 years! So bring the whole family along and no one will have to sit this one out.

The distance of the walk is easily achievable for all levels of fitness too. It is the longest living tree walk in New Zealand at over half a kilometer long, but takes around 40 minutes at a light pace. To really relish in the experience around 90 minutes could be taken wandering the decks and bridges, but the great thing is there is no limit on your time spent on the Treewalk. Not only does the natural glory of the Whakarewa Forest radiate, but walkers are offered an exclusive vantage point by being situated on platforms and bridges below the canopy, and above the forest floor. This allows the towering redwoods to retain their sheer dominance,

LOCAL SPOT The Okere Falls Store caters to locals, tourists and holiday-makers. It is the heart of the Okere community where locals can meet and treat themselves to an espresso or boutique beer, kids can play and essential groceries bought. There are some yummy German treats on offer, and if that’s up your alley don’t miss their annual German themed Beer Fest! The Store has an amazing beer garden out the back where many shin digs are held. Perfect for hanging out or for group occasions, as well as the many gigs and events that are held at this great spot. If the weather packs in, there is a large covered deck at the front of the Store. Order some hot food after rafting or kayaking the Kaituna, kick back and debrief with friends.

which would have been impeded on if the walk was constructed in the treetops. Also of interest is the clever engineering of this attraction, which is suspended from the trees. An ecologically friendly design that does no rub or wear the delicate bark of the 100 year old redwoods – it is a fascinating creation.


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Explore the World’s youngest Geothermal System Discover amazing hot springs and lakes set among beautiful and peaceful New Zealand forest.

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Mysterious Inferno Crater, the world’s largest geyser

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KAITUNA RIVER

Rotorua is an adventure playground with a plethora of activities to enjoy. The city is home to a number of world-firsts including the Luge, OGO, Zorb and the Shweeb as well as the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, Okere Falls. Prepare to get your adrenaline pumping!

SPECTACULAR Skyline Rotorua Gondola is the best way to take in the 180 degree views of Lake Rotorua, the city and surrounding district. Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar, open daily for lunch and dinner, is renowned for its delicious New Zealand cuisine, and the Market Kitchen provides a multitude of tasty options for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Also check out the Volcanic Hills Winery wine tasting room with beautiful platters also available to accompany your tastings.

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WAIMANGU VOLCANIC VALLEY

Explore the magical Rotorua lakes district, see the amazing sights and learn the history of the area. Create these memories on board a genuine WW2 landing craft at Rotorua Duck Tours! Travel from land to water without leaving your seat. In order to showcase Rotorua and what it has to offer, Duck Tours offer two different tours which take you on a journey visiting historic buildings, natural hot springs, geothermal wonders and beautiful lakes. Visit www.rotoruaducktours.co.nz for more information.

Witness spectacular geothermal activity in the world’s youngest geothermal system within volcanic craters created in 1886. See Frying Pan Lake, one of the largest hot water springs in the world, and Inferno Crater Lake which rises and falls as it heats and cools. Delicate Sinter Terraces grow from the deposits of the hot spring water, and rare plants have adapted to grow on the hot earth of Waimangu amongst the regenerating native forests. Beautiful Lake Rotomahana has its own special geothermal area and is a bird lover’s paradise. There are eco-focused self-guided walks and hikes available to suit all ages and ability, as well as boat cruises on Lake Rotomahana with commentary. Allow three hours for the walk and cruise, or two hours to walk only. Visit www.waimangu.co.nz for more info.


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Taupo Golf Club offers golfers a unique golfing experience with two 18 hole golf courses on offer year round along with modern facilities and services to provide you with a wonderful golfing experience in Taupo. Our courses are located close to Taupo township and situated in a mature park setting among thermal activity and under the eye of Mt Tauhara

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Taupo

MINE BAY

The lakeside town of Taupo provides a base for visitors who love to fish for trout, ski Mount Ruapehu and explore the local geothermal phenomena. Popular Taupo experiences include Huka Falls, geothermal walks, lake cruises, New Zealand’s first public cable wakeboarding park and guided kayak expeditions to see the rock carvings at Mine Bay.

The impressive Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings are over 14 metres high and only accessible by water. The carvings may look like the remains of an ancient Maori village but were in fact sculpted by hand in the late 70s by master carver Matahi WhakatakaBrightwell. View the Maori Rock Carvings yourself by taking a relaxing scenic cruise across the lake or get up close and personal on a kayaking tour.

TAKE A SPIN! The fun and excitement of jetboating along beautiful native bush lines and sheer rock cliff faces of the Waikato River combined with 360° spins is an amazing must-do! Passing nature at disorientating speeds before reaching the awe inspiring majesty that is the Huka Falls is thrilling and inspiring. www.hukafallsjet.com

HUKA PRAWN PARK REVIEW The tour of a prawn farm was really quite fascinating, and it was just long enough to get all the info you need but short enough that the kids didn’t lose interest. Our cheerful guide told us all the prawn facts we would ever need to know and the kids got to participate and feed the baby prawns - the tickles from little prawn bites made both my girls squeal and giggle. At the end of the tour we got the run down on how to catch a prawn, were given a few essential tips, issued bamboo fishing rods, bait and buckets of ice and sent forth to the ponds to catch what we thought would be our dinner… There were heaps of people out there, each trying to refine their technique and trick the prawns into latching onto their hook. Many had their buckets brimming with prawns so we thought – it can’t be that hard!


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LAKE TAUPO

For an epic mountain biking adventure try the Great Lake Trail on the edge of Lake Taupo, Runner Up in the Bike Wise Favourite New Zealand Cycle Trail for 2015! This two day 71km epic mountain biking and walking journey takes you deep into the

native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupo. If you’re fit and make an early start, you can ride from Waihaha Bridge to Whakaipo Bay in one day. You will be riding for a minimum of eight hours, plus half an hour for a boat trip to connect the two halves.

NOT TO BE MISSED The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as the best one-day hike in New Zealand. This world famous day hike treks across active volcanoes, past emerald lakes and through stunning native bush. It can take between five and a half to eight hours and covers a distance of 19.4km one way. Definitely do your research on this one – depending on the time of year and the weather you could be taking either sunblock or snow gear! You can organise a shuttle bus to pick you up from your accommodation in Taupo and drop you home at the end of the day.

THIRSTY WORK For Taupo’s biggest selection of craft beers try Rose on Roberts – this gastro-pub has 57 flavours on offer and a great menu, featuring the kiwi classic – whitebait fritters. If wine is more your thing try the Vine Eatery where you can choose from over 150 wines! They also have a yummy cocktail selection. Bring your friends and family and mingle over platters, tapas and shared plates. The Crafty Trout Brewing Co. brews seven different craft beers and ciders on site if you’re looking for some local flavour. Their beer matched and beer infused menu includes wood fired gourmet pizzas, fresh fish, sticky ribs and more! Look out for the Great Lake Taupo Foodie Trail brochure (or download from greatlaketaupo.com) for more great recommendations of where to eat and drink in Taupo.


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