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Bay of Plenty at a Glance

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Haere Mai Welcome to the beautiful Bay of Plenty! You may fall in love instantly with this region that lives up to its name, but we suggest you read through this guide and take your time to really get to enjoy this sunny part of Aotearoa that stretches from laidback Waihi Beach to beautiful Ohope. For about 700 years, Maori people have been living here; the local iwi (tribes) arrived by waka (sea-faring canoes) that voyaged from the Polynesian ancestral homeland of Hawaiki and landed in Maketu, Mauao and Whakatane. When Captain Cook sailed in on the Endeavour in 1769, he named the stretch of coast between the Coromandel Peninsula and East Cape the Bay of Plenty. He knew what he was talking about; this is a region with plenty of fruit, plenty of rivers, plenty of sand and plenty of sea! But Cook could never have envisaged the variety of fun-filled activities and bountiful produce available along this stretch of coast today: bucket-loads of aquatic and land-based adventures, chilled beach culture, port-side communities, iconic fruits, saltwater hot pools, and mouth-watering seafood. Not to mention the superb scenery (this sweep of coast is part of the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the Pacific’s great drives), and even a marine volcano! Safe travels – we know you’ll have plenty of fun here!

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Contents Events Calendar ...................................................................................06 Regional Overviews Tauranga, Mt Maunganui & Papamoa...................................... 10 Waihi Beach, Katikati & Athenree .............................................. 12 Te Puke, Paengaroa & Maketu ................................................... 14 Whakatane, Ohope, Opotiki & Kawerau ................................. 16 Recommended What’s Hot ...................................................................................... 18 24 Hours in Tauranga ...................................................................20 3 Days in the Bay ........................................................................... 22 Best of the Bay for Groups ......................................................... 24 Activities ................................................................................................. 26 Accommodation .................................................................................. 62 Dining ....................................................................................................69 Shopping ................................................................................................71 Transport & Rentals............................................................................. 78 Useful Information ..............................................................................80 Bay of Plenty Maps .................................................................. 4, 82-84

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Jasons Maps Regional Map Bay of Plenty

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Bay of Plenty Region The sun-drenched Bay of Plenty invites you to share in the relaxed lifestyle and culture of this spectacular region. Driving distances: Auckland to Tauranga: 203km (2 hours, 31 mins) Tauranga to Whakatane: 91km (1 hour, 14 mins) Remember to always allow more time than you think to get from A to B – the Bay of Plenty is filled with beautiful places to visit and photo opportunities. MAYOR ISLAND 25

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Events Calendar

Events, Gigs, Festivals

April

18-21 Apr – Easter Hols; 25 Apr – ANZAC Day Sport/Outdoors

Tauranga Half Marathon

13 Apr

Fun for all the family! Enter the signature on road Half Marathon event, the 14km or 7km Walkways events or the Matua Mile.

The ABBA Show

Shop for a variety of fresh produce. Ends Easter weekend. 9am–noon. Opposite the Waihi Beach Hotel.

www.taurangahalfmarathon.co.nz

Music

Markets Waihi Beach Fresh Produce Market Sundays

15 Apr

With over 3000 international performances in 23 countries, The ABBA Show is coming to Tauranga as part of a nationwide tour. Performed by internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely FABBAulous, from Australia. Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, Tauranga.

Family Easter in the Park 20 April Enjoy live music, hot cross buns, kids’ activities and rides, bouncy castles and much more. 10am1pm. Coronation Park, Mt Maungaui.

Sport/Outdoors Earthwise Kaimai Classic 27 April Choose from a 73km or 52km multisport event, plus three trail run options. www.eventday.co.nz

Music

National Jazz Festival The National Jazz Festival returns to Tauranga for the 52nd year this Easter. A fantastic line-up of Kiwi jazz musicians will showcase some of the best jazz in the world. With a great line-up of ticketed concerts; a Downtown Carnival that runs for two days on the beautiful Tauranga waterfront, and a slice of New Orleans at the family-friendly Jazz Village, there is something for everyone this Easter. Various venues. www.jazz.org.nz

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11 May – Mother’s Day Special Event

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The Tauranga Home Show

Held annually each autumn, the Tauranga Home Show showcases the very best in new kitchens, bathrooms, interior living and homeware. It features over 200 exhibits and displays, live cooking (and tasting) seminars, and interior design tips.

Comedy Heath Franklin’s Chopper 1 May Chopper is back with his show, Repeat Offender. Baycourt Community and Arts Centre.

ASB Arena at Baypark, Mount Maunganui.

Sport KIA Magic v Mainland Tactix 19 May Kia Magic return to ASB Bay Park Arena for their round 12 match against Tactix. 7.40pm. ASB Arena, Tauranga.

Theatre

Chicago: The Vaudeville Musical

Until 17 May

Music 100 Glorious Years of Song 30 May

Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail.

Edwardian Music Hall, Art Deco 20s and 30s songs, classic composers, this show has it all!

Westside Theatre, 17th Avenue, Tauranga.

Holy Trinity Church.

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Grumpy Old Women The Grumpy Old Women bring their new show Fifty Shades of Beige to Tauranga, as part of a 21-date New Zealand tour. Starring Geraldine Brophy, Jude Gibson and Lynda Milligan, the show was originally written by Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder. The show includes a variety of topics including the joy of large pants, a free nagging master class and beards for women.

Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, Tauranga.

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June/July

2 June – Queen’s Birthday Sport/Outdoors Mt Joggers Half Marathon

1 Jun

The 28th annual Mount Joggers and Walkers Half Marathon draws over 1300 participants. There are also 5km and 10km run/walk course options and all options circumnavigate the popular Mauao base track.

Special Event Midwinter Murder Mystery Dinner Show 13 June This interactive show promises a wild night of fun, games and adult comedy. Tauranga Racecourse, Greerton.

www.eventday.co.nz

Markets Tauranga Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, All Year Enjoy browsing the fresh local produce every Saturday, rain or shine. 7.45am–12pm. Tauranga Primary School. www.taurangafarmersmarket. co.nz

Theatre

Run For Your Wife

4-21 Jun

In Ray Cooney’s farce Run for Your Wife, John Smith is a London cabbie with his own taxi, a wife in Streatham, a wife in Wimbledon – and a knife-edge schedule! One day, after he gallantly intervenes in a mugging, he is taken to hospital – and his life gets even more interesting. Tauranga Theatre. www.taurangatheatre.co.nz

Special Event

The Seriously Good Food Show 2014 Due to the overwhelming success of the 2013 Show, this year’s event will be hosted in a larger six court arena. Browse displays and exhibits from some of New Zealand’s top food and drink producers with live cooking seminars, lots of tastings, and unique products. ASB Arena at Baypark, Mt Maunganui.

28-29 Jun

Markets Mt Maunganui Farmers’ Market Sundays, All Year Take your pick from breads, pastries, cheese, smoked fish, oils, plants, honey and more. Phoenix carpark, Mount Maunganui.

Music Modern Musicals 20 July Enjoy a stellar cast presenting a selection of timeless hit songs from modern musicals from Broadway to the West End. Featuring highlights from shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Joseph, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Wicked and Mamma Mia, to name a few! Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga. www. daytimeconcerts.co.nz


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7 September – Father’s Day Special Event

Dunkleys Great NZ Craft Show

1-3 Aug

Hundreds of the nation’s most talented artisans will assemble for three days to exhibit and sell their wares. There will also be hobby and craft supplies for those who want to make their own. Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre, Tauranga.

Music

Clap Clap Riot

20 Sep

Auckland indie-rock band Clap Clap Riot are celebrating the release of their second album Nobody/Everybody with a nationwide tour. Catch them for one night only.

Special Event Women’s Lifestyle Expo Tauranga 23–24 August The Tauranga Women’s Lifestyle Expo is a two-day event for women of all ages. More than 140 companies will be showcasing everything from jewellery and beauty to business products and information, crafts, fitness, food and wine sampling and much more.

Brewers, Tauranga. ASB Arena at Baypark, Mt Maunganui.

Music The Greatest Song Ever Written 20 September Celebrate Daytime Concert’s 100th national tour with a gala concert featuring the top 26 songs. Holy Trinity Church.

Sport/Outdoors

Tauranga City to Surf and Surf to Surf Be part of the largest fun run/walk in the Bay of Plenty. The 12km course starts from Sulphur Point (Tauranga) over the Harbour Bridge, down Totara Street, through Coronation Park, along Pilot Bay, around the stunning base track of the Mount and finishes on the Main Beach. The 5km ‘Surf to Surf’ starts and finishes on the Mount main beach and completes one lap around the Mount base track. www.eventpromotions.co.nz

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Regional Overview

View from Mauao, Mt Maunganui © Tourism BOP

10 Tauranga, Mt Maunganui & Papamoa

The western Bay of Plenty centres around Tauranga, the prosperous harbourside city, which together with its sister resort of Mount Maunganui are two of New Zealand’s best loved holiday destinations. Perfectly situated at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand, Tauranga is one of the country’s busiest working ports, yet it retains a relaxed beachy atmosphere. Tauranga’s downtown boasts a lively waterfront area centred around ‘The Strand’. There’s a vast array of shops, cafés, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife to enjoy. Across the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, Mt Maunganui is an iconic holiday hot spot affectionately known as ‘The Mount’. The physical focal-point is Mauao – sacred to Tauranga’s three Iwi (tribes). Wander around Mauao base track or explore the boutique shops and cafes along Mount Maunganui’s Main Street. Mount Maunganui was recently voted New Zealand’s best beach by Trip Advisor.

Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water pools © Tourism BOP

Further down the coast, the vast stretch of sand at Papamoa Beach is backed by dunes. Stroll along the uncrowded beach, find a picnic table and gaze out over the Pacific Ocean. Keen surfers and kiteboarders continue to enjoy the beach breaks and swells during the autumn and winter months.

The warm, salt water hot pools are perfect for soaking away any travel fatigue.


Tauranga • The Elms Mission House and Gardens is an essential stop and is the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty. • Visit the Battle of Gate Pa site where one of the most notable battles of the 1860s Land Wars took place. • Spend a few hours shopping and dining in the eateries on the Strand, before stopping at the Visitor Centre on 95 Willow Street to gain some local insights. • Head indoors to the Tauranga Art Gallery to check out historical and contemporary art exhibitions.

Mt Maunganui • Discover a dynamic display of classic aircraft at Classic Flyers Museum, many of which still take to the sky. •. To enjoy a more relaxed activity, hire a bike or tee off at one of the Mount’s superb golf courses. • Walking up and around Mauao, Mt Maunganui’s dormant volcano, is a mustdo activity with an obligatory coffee or hot chocolate afterwards. • Relax and unwind in the warm salt water Hot Pools under the shadow of Mauao after a day’s activities.

Papamoa • Experience the thrill of three wheeled land sailing or electric drift karts, guaranteed to blow out the cobwebs. • Don’t miss the Papamoa Hills for fabulous walking tracks. The Hills are home to 10 Maori Pa sites thought to date back as far as 1500 AD.

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Regional Overview

Waihi Beach – Homaunga coastal walking track

Athenree & Omokoroa

This idyllic area boasts many natural attractions that should be high on any visitor’s itinerary. White sand beaches, friendly coastal towns, beautiful riverside picnic spots and gentle native forest walks feature in this beautiful region. Waihi Beach, is a 9km stretch of ocean beach popular with holidaymakers and surfers. Locals call it ‘The Beach’, to differentiate it from inland Waihi, but don’t worry, there’s more than just sand and sea here, with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. At the northern end of the beach a track traverses the headland to Orakawa Bay, a scenic spot fringed by pohutukawa trees. The historic village of Bowentown has a safe harbour, boat launching facilities and rock fishing. Across the harbour from Bowentown lies Athenree, separated from the open ocean by a small peninsula. This is a peaceful area with local hot springs, nice bushwalks and beautiful beaches nearby. For a taste of Maori history, and some amazing views, head up the Bowentown heads to check out the preserved Maori pa sites.

Katikati murals © Tourism BOP

A few decades ago, the inhabitants of Katikati decided to portray their history on spare walls around town and have created large murals depicting events and people who have influenced the area. Further towards Tauranga from Katikati is Omokoroa, a small coastal village with views across to Matakana Island and Mt Maunganui.

How many murals can you spot in New Zealand’s outdoor art gallery?


Waihi Beach • Walk along the beautiful Orokawa Reserve to the secluded Orokawa and Homunga bays for a picnic or swim. • Visit the local artisans in Waihi Beach art studios and galleries.

Katikati • Step back into the past at the Katikati Heritage Museum. The barn-style museum represents the pioneering days when Irish immigrants first settled in Katikati, up until today. Katikati is the site of the only planned Ulster Irish settlement in the world. • Katikati is also well-known for its Haiku Pathway, a two kilometre walk along the Uretara River. It features boulders engraved with Haiku, short poems written by poets from around the world. This is the largest collection of haiku ‘stones’ outside Japan and the only haiku pathway in the Southern Hemisphere.

Bowentown • Explore the walks of Bowentown Domain with its historic pa sites. • For a tranquil picnic follow the bush track over the hill to Shelly Bay.

Athenree • The natural hot springs are the perfect place to relax. • Visit historic Athenree Homestead, built in 1878 as part of a planned Irish settlement.

Omokoroa • Hire a kayak and explore the rocky points and bays within Omokoroa Harbour. • Don’t miss Omokoroa Thermal Pools where you can relax and revive.

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14 Te Puke, Paengaroa & Maketu

Te Puke is known as the Kiwifruit Capital of the World, but there’s more to this area than furry brown-skinned and green-fleshed fruit. The first quarter acre of kiwifruit was planted in Te Puke in 1937. Nowadays, the majority of New Zealand’s kiwifruit is grown in the district, and the town even has a kiwifruit theme park. Te Puke’s main street is a thriving boutique retail area and the town is within easy reach of the Bay of Plenty beaches. Located about 15 minutes from Te Puke, the tiny seaside village of Maketu Beach is the landing place of the Arawa people and known for its stunning estuary and ocean beach . Take a stroll along the sands, play a round of golf, go surfing, or horse riding, or sample one of the famous Maketu Pies, still based on an old family recipe.

Kiwi 360, Te Puke © Tourism BOP

To the south, Paengaroa village – also known as ‘The Junction’ – has antique stores and galleries where you can browse local artists’ work. Life is pretty sweet in this area, and with beautiful flowering native bush nearby, it’s little wonder that the Bay of Plenty is home to some of the best honey-based products available. Get your sweet-fix or a jar of the medicinal marvel that is manuka honey and learn more about the research and development of honey products at the Comvita Visitor Centre.

The fertile land around Te Puke supports dairy farming, fruit growing (citrus, tamarillos, kiwifruit and passion fruit) and market gardening.


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Highlights Te Puke

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• Don’t miss a photo with the giant kiwifruit slice at Kiwi360 and a 40 minute tour on board the ‘Kiwi Kart’. • Visit the Te Puke Heritage Walkway with its many pou pou (carvings). • Enjoy the scenic drive from Te Puke to beautiful Pukehina beach.

Paengaroa • Enjoy a 60 minute guided tour at the Comvita Experience Centre in Paengaroa. • Discover action-packed adventure with jet boat rides on the Kaituna River and off road 4WD tours at Spring Loaded Adventures. • Stroll along the Roydon Downs Bush and Farm Walks through open paddocks and native tree reserves.

Maketu • Take a short guided walk to learn about the people and landing of Te Arawa waka. • Don’t leave without savouring a pie from Maketu pie factory. • Drive up to Okurei Point for sweeping coastal views and explore the rugged Newdicks Beach. • Try your luck white baiting in the estuary. • Check out the Maketu Markets at the Maketu Domain on the third and fifth Sunday each month. 8am-12noon.

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At the mouth of the Whakatane River, 90km south-east of Tauranga, the sunny coastal town of Whakatane is the main centre of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. With a spectacular location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Whakatane is naturally a hub for game fishing and marine sports, where keen anglers will find plenty of fishing charters to test their skills. The friendly town is steeped in Maori history, so spend at least an afternoon discovering Whakatane Museum’s artefacts and displays. Off shore, the smouldering volcano of White Island (Whakaari) is New Zealand’s only marine volcano, and local operators will take you on a guided tour to view the volcano’s steaming vents and the old sulphur mine. Head over the hills to Ohope Beach, which was recently voted voted by New Zealanders as their favourite beach. The popular beach resort of Ohope is located on a 11km stretch of sandy shore between the Whakatane Heads and the entrance to Ohiwa. Also visible from the Ohope coast is Moutohora (Whale Island). To the east of Ohope is the township of Opotiki and beyond that the unspoilt coastline of East Cape.

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At the foot of Putauaki (Mount Edgecumbe), the foresty town of Kawerau is relatively new. Its modern heritage is celebrated at the Rautahi Marae where – uniquely – many cultures of the world are represented in the carvings on the meeting house.

Picturesque Tarawera Falls are nearby and the local lakes and rivers are home to rainbow and brown trout.


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Highlights Whakatane • Take a boat or helicopter tour of White Island (Whakaari).

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• Walk some or all of the 16 km Nga Tapuwae O Toi walkway, which goes around the Whakatane Heads. • Enjoy a walk along Ohope Beach which stretches for 11 km. • Soak in the geothermally heated pools at Awakeri.

Opotiki • Visit Waiotahi Beach to view two carved poles which depict the arrival of Maori to Opotiki. • Learn about the rich history of the area at Opotiki Museum. • Ride the spectactular Motu trails, one of New Zealand’s “Great Rides” on the New Zealand Cycle Trail. • Explore the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve, where you can go hunting, tramping, swimming, canoeing, rafting and fishing, or just enjoy a picnic.

Ohiwa • Take a night bush walk to find a large glowworm grotto. • Ohiwa Beach is home to the endangered New Zealand dotteril and rare oyster catchers.

Kawerau • Stroll around Hukutaia Domain, a beautiful 4.5 hectares native bush remnant. • Grab a permit from the Information centre to get access to the spectacular Tarawera Falls. • Hike up the summit track of volcanic cone Putauaki (Mount Edgecumbe). • Tour the Tasman pulp and paper mill to learn about Kawerau’s history. WHITE ISLAND

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Experience Comvita Take a journey back in time to when Maori harvested nature’s gifts from the land and sea to improve their health. Then, enter a ‘virtual’ bee hive and learn about the fascinating bee community and nature’s intelligence. See how man and science create ways to revitalise good health, in partnership with nature. Experience Comvita – a very unique New Zealand story. See ad back page. 23 Wilson Road South, Te Puke. Phone: 07 533 1987. www.experiencecomvita.com

Bayfair Shopping Centre Bayfair Shopping Centre in Mount Maunganui is a shoppers’ dream. With over 95 stores all under one roof including fashion, food, department stores and supermarkets as well as an indoor playground, there really is something for everyone. Open seven days with late nights Thursday and Friday until 9pm. There is free parking available, with over 1600 bays. See ad page 73. Corner Maunganui and Girven Roads, Mount Maunganui. Phone: 07 575 9349. www.bayfair.co.nz

Classic Flyers Aviation Museum Come and enjoy a nostalgic journey through aviation history with over 5000 items on display. This is an exciting place where families and enthusiasts can visit the museum and souvenir shop, eat in the themed café or take a scenic flight over the bay. Admission: family $25, adult $10, child $5, senior $5. Open daily 10am-4pm (closed 25–28 December). See ad page 32. 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui. Phone 07 572 4000 www.classicflyersnz.com

Freewheeling Tours Put your pedal power to the test and explore Tauranga and Mount Maunganui with Freewheeling Tours. Choose from fully guided or self-guided tours on funky bikes, which can even fold up so you can take them in the car for trips further afield. Enjoy a guided Tauranga harbourside tour or choose a whole day of exploring to Rotorua, Waikato or Karangahake Gorge. See ad page 46. 2 Edgecumbe Road, Tauranga. Phone: 07 571 2453. www.freewheeling.co.nz


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Join Frontier Helicopters for their White Island Volcano Adventure, which takes you into a continuously active volcano, a living breathing geological giant where you will experience first hand the power of nature in its untouched form. Your view from high above spans the entire island and after landing you can explore the beautiful landscape this island has to offer. See ad page 45. 216 Aerodrome Road, Whakatane Airport, Whakatane. Phone: 0800 804 354. www.frontierhelicopters.co.nz

Kiwi 360 Find out everything you ever wanted to know about kiwifruits at Kiwi 360. Just look for the giant kiwifruit, and you can even climb inside it. Enjoy a ride on a KiwiKart and experience a fun 40 minute tour through the orchards and into the horticultural park. Find out more about the kiwifruit growing process, browse the gift shop, and enjoy a bite to eat in the Kiwi 360 cafe. See ad page 57. Venue: State Highway 2, Te Puke. Phone: 07 573 6340. www.kiwi360.com

Waimarino Adventure Park and Kayak Tours Enjoy a truly unique experience! This is the only place in New Zealand where you can paddle a sea kayak to see glow-worms for a magical tour. The evening trips are great fun with gourmet refreshments, beautiful scenery and awesome glow-worms! Watch the sunset over Lake McLaren and then paddle to the mysterious glow-worm canyon. See ad page 53. 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga. Phone: 07 576 4233. www.waimarino.com

The Seriously Good Food Show 2014 28–29 June Foodies will love this showcase of food, beverages and kitchenware from all over the world. Browse 150 displays and exhibits from some of New Zealand’s top food and drink producers with live cooking seminars, lots of tastings, and unique products. This event is set to be bigger and better than last year, with 2,000 free visitor car parks, so don’t miss it! ASB Arena at Baypark, Mt Maunganui. Phone: 07 576 0513. www.bayevents.co.nz

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You’ve arrived in beautiful Tauranga, but you only have 24 hours, or less, to visit? Tauranga’s relaxed beach city lifestyle and marine playground offer boundless fun and adventure, so where should you start? Never fear, here’s our recommendations of what’s good to see and do for the short time you’re here.

Morning Shake the morning cobwebs 10.00 am away with a blast on a land sailing machine! Blokart Heaven will show you how

to operate this fun, fast and compact windpowered go-kart. Super easy to use and great fun, these machines are awesome when the wind blows. Enjoy racing your mates round the purpose-built track or try the electric Drift Karts - these three-wheeled machines are perfect for anyone looking for some sideways fun! Make sure you also visit the pro shop with museum pieces, including the very fi rst blokart ever made. Phone 07 572 4256. www.blokartheaven.co.nz

Afternoon After all that excitement, you’ll be 12.30 ready for some specialty shopping pm and divine dining. Head to Downtown the Mount – this vibrant

strip is a shopper’s dream, from exquisite boutique stores through to charming gift and souvenir shops, fabulous fashion and footwear, and everything in between. With a fantastic mix of over 50 cafés, bars and restaurants to choose from, you can be sure you’ll find somewhere great for lunch, a snack or relaxing drink! www.mountmaunganui.org.nz

lunch, take to the treetops 2.00 After at Adrenalin Forest, a high wire

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adventure park where you’ll test

your limits, challenge yourself and have heaps of fun. The higher you go on this aerial obstacle course, the harder it gets. With platforms built around the trees, you can navigate your way from level one (Discovery) to level six (Adrenalin-max). While your agility and balance will be progressively challenged, your confidence will steadily improve. With nets to cross, flying foxes to ride, barrel obstacles to hurdle and Tarzan ropes to swing on, you’ll feel exhilarated and will definitely have built up an appetite. Phone 0800 TO GO APE. www.adrenalin-forest.co.nz


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award-winning 6.00 Experience waterfront dining at Halo,

pm at Trinity Wharf Tauranga before

you leave the Bay Of Plenty. Head to 51 Dive Crescent where there is plenty of free on-site parking. Built on and over the water’s edge with uninterrupted views of Tauranga’s inner harbour, Halo is one of the most unique dining locations in the region. Award-winning chef, Simon Green balances food innovation with an enthusiasm for traditional styled dishes to present an inspiring menu. Make sure you enjoy a drink from the ever-changing cocktail and wine menu. Open seven days, from 7am until late. Phone: 07 577 8704. www.trinitywharf.co.nz/halo Bay of Plenty What’s On Voucher – pg 42

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After dinner, enjoy a relaxing stroll along Tauranga Waterfront. The Strand has a

fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and cafés – this is the place to take in the atmosphere, chat with the locals and enjoy the hospitality on offer. Choose a sports bar and soak up the atmosphere of a live game. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the rest of the night in one of Tauranga’s many waterside pubs and bars before heading back to your welcoming room at your accommodation. www.bayofplentynz.com

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in the Bay You’ve got a bit more time to explore the Bay of Plenty, with three days up your sleeve. We’ve put together this handy three-day itinerary which takes you north to Waihi Beach then heads east along the coast to Whakatane, so you can get the most out of your visit to the region.

Day 1

Morning Katikati Drive north from Tauranga to Katikati and explore New Zealand’s mural town. There are 53 murals and pieces of art dotted around this friendly town so take your time trying to find them all and learn a bit more about the history of the area. From Katikati, drive further north to Athenree and Bowentown. Enjoy the walks of Bowentown Domain and then treat yourself by relaxing in the natural hot springs at Athenree. Phone Katikati i-SITE 07 549 1638.

Afternoon Waihi Beach Enjoy an afternoon at Waihi Beach. Play a game of cricket on the golden sandy beach or just relax with a book and watch the world go by. If you’re feeling more energetic, walk along the Orokawa Reserve to Orokawa and Homunga Bays for amazing views. Afterwards, wander back to Waihi Beach township and browse the art studios and galleries before driving back towards Mt Maunganui. www.jasons.co.nz/waihi-beach

Evening Mount Maunganui Spend the evening enjoying a few sundowners at one of Mount Maunganui’s beachside bars, and then take your pick of restaurants to enjoy dinner. If you feel like relaxing, catch a movie at Bay City Cinema. Then check in to one of Mount Maunganui’s great apartments or hotels and get some rest ready for your drive to Kaituna River Jet in the morning. www.mountmaunganui.org.nz

Day 2

Morning Aerius Helicopters Head to Kaituna River Jet, just south of Paengaroa, for an action-packed morning of fun. Aerius Helicopters have a range of scenic flights starting from short local flights to longer flights showcasing the region’s lakes, mountains and geothermal areas, including Mt Tarawera and White Island. Aerius Helicopters have exclusive landing rights on Mayor Island, where you can enjoy a picnic on this secluded wildlife sanctuary. Bookings essential. Phone 0800 TO HELI (864 354). www.aerius.co.nz


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Afternoon You’ll find accommodation with the most spectacular views set in 16-acres of park surroundings. A range of accommodation is available, from luxury beachfront and garden villas to holiday units, cabins and camping. Fun for all the family with plenty of space to relax and unwind. Phone 07 572 0816. www.papamoabeach.co.nz

Evening Waimarino Adventure Park Enjoy a magical night-time experience at Waimarino Adventure Park and Kayak Tours! This is the only place in New Zealand where you can paddle a sea kayak to see glow-worms for a unique tour. The evening trips are great fun with gourmet refreshments, beautiful scenery and awesome glow-worms! Watch the sunset over Lake McLaren and then paddle to the mysterious glow-worm canyon. Phone: 07 576 4233. www.waimarino.com

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Morning White Island For a truly unique adventure, head to Whakaari (White Island), one of the world’s most accessible, active volcanoes. Sitting 50km off shore from Whakatane, guided White Island tours are available by boat or helicopter, or you can take a scenic flight over the island. Get up close to soaring steam vents, an acid crater lake and sulphur-lipped fumaroles. Alternatively, go diving and explore the underwater volcanic terrain and abundant marine life. Phone 0800 942 528. www.whakatane.com/white-island

Afternoon Mataatua Wharenui After more than 130 years travelling the world, Mataatua Wharenui – New Zealand’s only repatriated Maori meeting house – stands once again in Whakatane. Built in 1875, it travelled to Sydney and Melbourne, then on to London, and then to Dunedin in the South Island, before being rebuilt back in Whakatane, in 2011. Be enthralled as the carvings and legends of Maori tribe Ngati Awa are brought to life through world-class digital technology. Phone 07 308 4271. www.mataatua.com

Evening Whakatane Explore Whakatane township via a meandering riverbank walk and take some time to visit the historic cultural sites near the town centre. Follow the riverside trail and discover the important landmarks of Irakewa and Pohaturoa Rock, which are special to the local community, as well as Otuawhaki. Relax over dinner at one of Whakatane’s wharfside restaurants while watching the yachts and fishing boats. Phone 0800 942 528. www.whakatane.com

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Papamoa Drive back towards Papamoa and check in to the Papamoa Beach TOP 10 Holiday Resort.


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The best of what

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has to offer for groups

All the best travel memories are those shared with friends, family or other like-minded souls. So gather your mates and loved ones together, because we’ve selected the best of what the Bay has to offer for group visits.

Mount Hot Pools Nestled under Mount Maunganui, the Mount Hot Pools has long been a favourite of locals and tourists alike! Hot salt water pools, spa pool, private pools and massage are all available on-site. Relax, soak and unwind as the warm ocean mists and hot salt waters nourish your body and soul. Opening hours: Mon–Sat 6am–10pm, Sun and public holidays 8am–10pm. Contact details: Phone: 07 575 0868. Email: info@bayleisureandevents.co.nz www.bayleisureandevents.co.nz

Briars Forest and Riverside Horse Trek Book now to immerse your group in the magical scenery of New Zealand, made famous in The Hobbit. Feel proud riding your beautiful horse beside the shimmering Kaituna River, past wild flowers and alongside forest trails. Get up close to nature. Make amazing memories with your camera. Suitable for beginner or advanced riders. Contact details: Phone:07 533 2582. Email: info@briarshorsetrek.co.nz www.briarshorsetrek.co.nz

Peejays White Island Tours For an exciting day out with friends and family you can’t beat exploring an active volcano. Take a cruise to White Island and experience roaring fumaroles, sparkling sulphur chimneys, bubbling pools of mud and the spectacular crater. Keep an eye out for dolphins on the way home. Contact details: Phone: 0800 733 529 Email: info@whiteisland.co.nz www.whiteisland.co.nz


Mills Reef wine tasting Gather a group of friends or family together and discover award-winning wines at Mills Reef Winery in Bethlehem. Enjoy a great indoor/outdoor setting, ideal for couples, families and groups. Nestled on 20 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens, this is one of the Bay’s must-visit destinations. The Tasting Room is open seven days a week, 10am–5pm, brunch and lunch seven days from 9.30am. Contact details: Phone: 07 576 8800 Email: info@millsreef.co.nz www.millsreef.co.nz

Baywave Baywave is one of the Bay of Plenty’s top regional attractions, drawing in over 230,000 visitors every year. Featuring a wave pool, hydroslide, café, lap pool and spa, sauna and steam room, there’s something here for every member of your family or group. Waves operate for 10 minutes on the hour from 11am–5pm, with the hydro slide available for 50 minute intervals between waves. Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6am–9pm, weekends and public holidays 7am–7pm. Contact details: Phone: 07 575 0276. Email: info@bayleisureandevents.co.nz www.bayleisureandevents.co.nz

Experience Comvita Take a journey back in time to when Maori harvested nature’s gifts from the land and sea to improve their health. Then, enter a ‘virtual’ bee hive and learn about the fascinating bee community and nature’s intelligence. See how man and science create ways to revitalise good health, in partnership with nature. Experience Comvita - a very unique New Zealand story. Contact details: Phone: 07 533 1987. Email: enquiries@experiencecomvita.com www.experiencecomvita.com

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The Bay of Plenty is a region blessed with an exciting mix of sandy beaches, coastal towns, an active marine volcano and a bustling harbour city offering a diverse range of experiences for visitors. The pleasant autumn and winter temperatures allow many outdoor activities to be enjoyed year round. Experience racing at high speeds on a blokart around a purpose built track in Papamoa or go horse riding with Briar in the stunning forest at Paengaroa. McLaren Falls Park and Te Puna Quarry Park are simply irresistible picnic spots as summer’s greenery changes to autumn’s vibrant mix of colour. Rich in history and culture, don’t miss a visit to the Elms Mission House and Historic Village on 17th Ave in central Tauranga. Katikati Heritage Museum and Athenree Homestead will tell you the story of the Bay of Plenty’s earliest settlers. Stay indoors and check out the Tauranga Art Gallery featuring interesting local, national and international art. For the active traveller, explore the many walking tracks, tee off at one of the superb golf courses or go mountain biking at Oropi Grove. Replenish and reward yourself with a soak in the geothermal hot pools, conveniently located at the base of Mauao.

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Whatever the weather, the Bay of Plenty has plenty to see and plenty to do, for everyone.

Grab your surfboard and head to The Mount, get up close to the bubbling volcanic activity on White Island or whiz around on a blokart.


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KATIKATI Contact Trish 07 8635661 www.athenreehomestead.org.nz The Athenree Homestead was built in 1878 by Hugh and Adela Stewart. They were part of the only planned Irish Settlement in New Zealand and probably, the world. Over 4000 settlers were introduced to the Bay of Plenty area. The homestead has been restored and has a wonderful historical ambience with many annual events held there. A visit to Athenree Homestead will allow you to step back in time to sample early colonial life and a slice of pioneering history. Opening Hours: Contact us for visiting hours.

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Haiku Pathway www.katikati.co.nz This unique pathway meanders along both sides of the Uretara Stream and features a collection of 40 haiku poems engraved into boulders. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Kakikati’s Haiku Pathway comprises the largest collection of ‘haiku stones’ outside Japan. Guidebooks to the pathway, which contain all the poems, are available from the Information Centre and Katikati Craft Shop. Entry beside Robert Harris café, Main Rd and also at The Landing. Opening Hours: Open daily and is free

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Katikati Bird Gardens & Cafe 263 Walker Road East, (off SH2) 7kms South of Katikati • Phone 07 549 0912 info@birdgardens.co.nz • www.birdgardens.co.nz Katikati Bird Gardens are an idyllic location to break your journey along the Pacific Coast Highway. The whole family will enjoy the beautiful harbourside gardens, home to native and exotic birds including Kea, Kereru and Kawaupaka. The terrace café and gift shop overlooking the gardens, serves great coffee and food. see display page 28

Opening hours: 10am to 4.30pm daily

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Katikati Heritage Museum Phone 549 0651 www.katikatiheritagemuseum.co.nz We tell the story of Katikati from its earliest Maori settlers to more recent times through artefacts, displays, photographs and documents. A small and friendly museum where visitors are welcome to snap fl ash photos, leaf through the old records and even handle artefacts. Our Museum is a journey down memory lane for older visitors and a revelation for younger people. Check out the gift shop and enjoy fine food and hospitality in the popular café. Opening Hours: Open daily – Summer 9am-4pm, Winter 9.30am-3.30pm

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Beautiful Harbourside Gardens

The gardens are home to native and exotic birds with a series of lily ponds, flower gardens and a natural wetlands walk. The terrace café and gift shop overlooking the gardens serves great coffee and food. Delightful cottage accommodation also available. Member of Kea Conservation Trust and NZ Gardens Trust.

263 Walker Road East, (off SH2) Phone 07 549 0912 www.birdgardens.co.nz KATIKATI

Katikati Open-Air Art www.nzmuraltown.co.nz Discover the unique story that is Katikati’s open air art gallery. Explore the interesting murals, carvings and sculptures scattered throughout Katikati township at your own pace or arrange a guided tour. The 50+ artworks are a refl ection of the community spirit that has revitalised a small kiwi town, enabling it to share its pioneering history. Guidebooks are available from the Information Centre. Opening Hours: Tour guides are available by appointment only.

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Sapphire Springs Holiday Park and Thermal Pools 274 Hot Springs Road, RD2, Katikati Phone 07 549 0768 • sapphire.springs@xtra.co.nz www.sapphiresprings.net.nz Set in 32 hectares of beautiful native forest at the foot of the Kaimai Ranges, Sapphire Springs is a haven in the bush with pure, warm, natural thermal pools. Bring your family and friends for a picnic and a swim. BBQ’s available and day visitors welcome with plenty of space to throw a frisbee or kick a ball. There are bush walks amongst the well established native trees. Under New Management. see display ad page 66 Opening Hours: Pools open 7am-10pm


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Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours 501 Buckland Rd, Matamata • Phone 07 888 1505 or 07 348 0711 • office@hobbitontours.com www.hobbitontours.com Discover the real Middle-earth™ on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and can be seen as it appeared in the films. The Green Dragon™ Inn is a special feature of our tours. see display ad back flap Matamata Departures: Price: $75 adult, $37.50 youth (1014yrs), $10 child(5-9yrs). Duration: 2 hours approx. Opening hours: 7 days, from 9.30am.

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Aerius Helicopters Hanger 9, Tauranga Airport, Mount Maunganui Freephone 0800 TO HELI ( 864 354) Aerius Helicopters have a range of scenic flights starting from short local flights for those who want to experience a great view and the thrill of a helicopter ride, to longer flights showcasing the regions lakes, mountains and geothermal areas, including Mt Tarawera and White Island. Operating from three handy locations: Hanger 9 Tauranga Airport, Kiwi 360, 35 Young road Te Puke, Kaituna River Jet, 316 SH33 Paengaroa. see display ad page 37 Price: Flights from $65 per person Opening Hours: Open 7 days, 8.30am-5.00pm

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Café & Bar ASB Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui Phone 07 574 6009 • www.asbbaypark.co.nz Based within the ASB Arena, the Arena Café ensures delicious food and high quality service. All food is prepared and freshly cooked onsite by our International head chef David Pearson and his highly respected chefs. The freshest local cuisine and a full beverage service compliment the café menu selection to deliver a culinary experience. Opening Hours: Open from 9am Monday to Friday and on event weekends.

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Discovery Surf School Opposite Tay Street on Marine Parade Phone +64 27 6327873 info@discoverysurf.co.nz • www discoverysurf.co.nz We’ll teach you how to surf and introduce you to the freedom, thrill and stoke of riding waves. Discovery provides professional surf coaching for all ages and abilities. We are a New Zealand Surfing Association accredited school and all our instructors are qualified lifeguards. We supply the surfboards and the wetsuits all you need to do is come surfing with us. ‘Discover the feeling’. We promise you’ll have a lot of fun!

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Katikati, the gateway to the Bay of Plenty Katikati has an award winning winery, luxury lodges and a choice of boutique accommodation options, great cafes and restaurants and a fascinating Heritage Museum, Haiku Pathway & Historic Homestead. Known as Mural Town NZ due to its 50+ murals and pieces of art throughout the town. Stretching from the Kaimai Ranges to the sea, Katikati offers countless options for those interested in tramping, ďŹ shing, swimming, and recreational boating. This friendly, iconic town is well worth a visit.

Enquiries: Katch Katikati 36 Main Rd, Katikati. Phone 07 549 5250 info@katchkatikati.org.nz www.katikati.org.nz


Athenree Homestead The Athenree Homestead was built in 1878 by Hugh and Adela Stewart. They were part of the only planned Irish Settlement in NZ and probably, the world. The house has been restored and has a wonderful historical ambience with many annual events held there.

Haiku Pathway A collection of haiku poems engraved into boulders. The pathway meanders both sides of the river and includes a specially designed footbridge. Depending on the weather, tide, time of day and season, each visit will reveal something new. Entry beside Robert Harris café, Main Rd and also at The Landing.

Katikaticuisine.com Katikati has an amazing array of artisan food producers and wonderful food. Designed to take you from plant to plate, you can gather your seed, discover our fresh seasonal produce and gather up armfuls of cheese, salami, breads, and goodies to take away.

Katikati Heritage Museum We tell the story of Katikati from its earliest Maori settlers to more recent times through artefacts, displays, photographs and documents. Visitors are welcome to snap flash photos, leaf through the old records and even handle artefacts with a great gift shop and a popular café.

The Little Blue House A boutique and unique art gallery in the centre of town has ever changing displays of work from local artists. A great compliment to Muraltown New Zealand.

Katikati Open-Air Art Discover the unique story that is Katikati’s open air art gallery. You can explore the township, have a chat with ‘Barry’ and discover the 50+ artworks that have revitalised a small kiwi town, enabling it share its history, promote the arts and established Katikati as New Zealand’s Muraltown.


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Activities classic flyers Aviation Museum and Adventure Flight Centre

The museum showcases some of NZ’s best Classic and Vintage aircraft along with static and hands-on displays. Memorabilia can be viewed throughout three hangars as well as an outdoor interactive area. Enjoy a great coffee and fabulous food prepared by chefs onsite while appreciating the truly unique surroundings of our AvGas Café. A great wet weather venue for all the family. Why not take a flight in a bi-plane while you are there?

9 Jean Batten Drive Mt Maunganui Phone 07 572-4000 Facebook.com/classicÁyersnz www.classicÁyersnz.com MOUNT MAUNGANUI

Blue Ocean Charters Phone 0800 224 278 or 07 544 3072 www.blueocean.co.nz Put yourself in the picture... stunning scenery, awesome white sandy beaches, rugged unspoiled coastline... you are on a safe and comfortable charter vessel, the wind in your hair, the smell of salt air and a fish tugging at your line... you are in paradise! Offering the best in fishing and boating trips on our comfortable vessels, Ohorere, Te Kuia and Ratahi. Available for individuals on public trips and groups on private charters. Experience exceptional service. Price & Duration: Dependent on the Charter

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Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty 3/5 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui Phone 07 5747415 • bop@canoeandkayak.co.nz www.kayaktoursnz.com Get off the beaten track and go adventure kayaking in the dark to the magical Glow Worm Canyon. Take the family to explore the stunning hidden canyon of Lake McLaren. Go on a sea life and Maori cultural adventure Round the Mount volcano. Experience the thrill of Kayak Fishing and go home with the catch of the day. Personal, small group kayak tours. No experience necessary. Price: Tours from $99pp (child discounts on select tours) Duration: 1.5hr - 6hr tours available. Hours: Tours daily throughout the year weather depending.


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Adrenalin Forest is excited to introduce the revolutionary, new Smart Belay System Clic-it to our operation. For further information about this new technology visit:

www.clic-it.eu

Bay of Plenty Park Tect-All Terrain Park 18 Whataroa Rd, Upper Pyes Pa Rd (SH 36) Tauranga

FOR BOOKINGS BOO PHONE:

tauranga@adrenalin-forest.co.nz

www.adrenalin-forest.co.nz

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Classic Flyers Aviation Museum 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mt Maunganui Phone 07 572 4000 • www.classicflyersnz.com The Bay’s most exciting attraction. Come and enjoy a nostalgic journey through aviation history with over 5000 items on display. This is an exciting place where families and enthusiasts can visit the museum, pilot and souvenir shop, eat in our themed café or take a scenic flight over the Bay. see display ad opposite Price: Family $25, Adult $10, Child $5, Senior $5. Opening Hours: Daily 10.00am till 4.00pm

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Dolphin Seafaris Phone 07 577 0105 or 0800 ECOTRIP bookings@nzdolphin.com • www.nzdolphin.com Dolphin Seafaris is the premier ecotourism operator of safe swimming and viewing of wild dolphins in the Bay of Plenty. You will be amazed at the abundance of marine life and spectacular views. From Dolphins to Orcas, the Bay of Plenty has it all. Your safety and comfort are our top priority so our vessels are first class. BOOK NOW for a trip of a lifetime. see display ad page 1 Price: $95 5-12yrs, $140pp over 12. Departure times: 8am Tauranga Bridge Marina, 8:15am Salisbury Wharf, Mt Maunganui. Opening hours: 7am-9pm. 7 days. Season Nov-May, closed for Christmas – weather dependant. Minimum numbers apply

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Kewpie Harbour Cruises Call free now: 0800KEWPIE (539743) Mob: 021605965 • www.kewpiecruises.co.nz One-hour scenic Harbour Cruises. Adults $19. Kids under 15 free! Licensed bar and coffee. Discover these calm inland waters of Tauranga, New Zealands largest export Port. View Cargo and Cruise ships. See marine life, islands of white sandy beaches and lush green forests surrounded by the grand Kaimai Ranges. Option: Drop off at Matakana Island and pick-up on a same day return trip. Bookings recommended. see display ad page 40 Departure times: Season 01 Dec–30 Apr, daily from Pilot Bay Wharf (base of Mauao walking track). 10:00am 11:00am 12:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm.

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Omanu Golf Club 98 Matapihi Rd, Mt Maunganui. Phone 07 575 5957 omanu@omanugolf.co.nz • www.omanugolf.co.nz In just 40 years Omanu has transformed itself into the largest Club in New Zealand outside the metropolitan centre’s. The Club has modern lounge and catering facilities. The course has been developed into one of the finest courses in the country with it’s 18 holes offering a pleasant and easy walk over gently rolling terrain. Green Fee players welcome. Price: Affiliated $40.00, Casual $55.00 Opening hours: Dawn until Dusk 7 days per week

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Blokart Recreation Park Blokart Recreation Park, 176 Parton Rd, Papamoa Phone 07 572 4256 • info@blokart.com www.blokartrecreationpark.co.nz Looking for a new adventure? Come and have a blast on the internationally recognised blokart land sailer and electric Drift Karts on our purpose built, asphalt track in Papamoa. Manufactured onsite and exported globally this is the home of blokart. A good opportunity to look around our showroom and museum pieces. see display ad page 56 Opening Hours: Open 7 days, Summer 10am-5.30pm and Winter 10am-4.30pm, weather permitting. Bookings Essential.

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Activities TAURANGA Phone 0800 TO GO APE tauranga@adrenalin-forest.co.nz www.adrenalin-forest.co.nz Adrenalin Forest is a multi-level aerial obstacle course that is designed to progress you higher and higher into the trees. We train you to navigate yourself through the series of tree to tree platforms with activities like rope bridges, tarzan swings, nets, flying foxes and of course loads more. With 6 different courses and around 3 hours of entertainment, fun, challenge and of course Adrenalin. see display ad page 33 Price: $42 Adult, $35 Student, $27 Child. Opening Hours: 7 days, 10am–2:30pm (summer hours). Mt Maunganui ocean views ©BOP Tourism

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Adrenalin Forest

factorie Tasting Shed

Located only 10 minutes from Tauranga CBD - O factorie (home of Tauranga’s cider company O Cider) offers visitors a unique experience to taste their traditionally inspired range of Ciders alongside a changing selection of interesting wines & beers they enjoy. The Tasting Shed is set in an idyllic rural location surrounded by orchards and sea views and offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Open: Thurs - Sun, 10am - 5pm 50 Oikimoke Road, Te Puna (5km from SH2 at Te Puna Road)

T: (07) 552 4558 info@ocider.co.nz

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Activities TAURANGA Fisherman’s Wharf, Dive Cresecnt Phone 07 575 8917 • Mob 0274 731 523 deepstar.charters@gmail.com www.deepstarcharterstauranga.co.nz M.V.Deepstar was built in Picton in 1979 as a fishing and diving charter boat. She features the latest electronics, live bait tank and BBQ. Day or multi-day trips are available to suit your needs, from Tauranga to East Cape and also hapuka or bottom fishing to Mayor & Motiti Islands. She caters for parties up to 20 for day trips and 10 passengers for multi-day trips. Departure times and Price: Dependant on trip booked

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Dolphin Blue Encounter Departs Sulphur Point Marina • Phone 027 666 8047 info@dolphinblue.co.nz • www.dolphinblue.co.nz Join us for a unique dolphin watching and swimming adventure. View dolphins, whales, seals, school fish and birdlife in their natural environment (in season). Avoid the crowds – to enhance interaction with dolphins passengers are limited to 15. Morning tea and beverages provided. Please bring your lunch. Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment provided. see display ad page 47

Opening hours: 8.30am-5pm, 7 days. Season Oct-Mar

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Fernland Spa Thermal Mineral Springs 250 Cambridge Road, Tauranga • Phone 07 578 3081 fernlandspa@xtra.co.nz • www.fernlandspa.co.nz Be revitalised in the ambient main pool or one of 8 spacious private pools, all pools are constantly filled with fresh 100% pure nonchlorinated mineral water. Pamper yourself with a massage, enjoy the picnic grounds, stay a while in your camper van. Located only 5 minutes from down town Tauranga, Fernland Spa is a truly special and unique experience. see display ad page 46 Price: $9 Adults, $5 Children, $19.50 Family Pass. Opening Hours: Open 9.30 till 10pm daily. Big game fishing in Tauranga Harbour ©BOP Tourism

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Mineral Springs

A truly special experience 5 minutes from Tauranga city. Enjoy the ambient main pool, spacious private pool, massages, picnic grounds and the campervan park. Open 9.30am-10pm daily.

250 Cambridge Road, Tauranga. Ph: 07 578 3081 fernlandspa@xtra.co.nz www.fernlandspa.co.nz TAURANGA

Freewheeling Tours 2 Edgecumbe Road, Tauranga • Phone: 07 571 2453 Mob: 027 405 9310 • info@freewheelingtours.co.nz Freewheeling Tours offer bike hire and guided cycling tours in the Bay of Plenty. Explore Mount Maunganui, Tauranga’s historic sights or cycle through the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua! Our funky folding bikes are super easy to ride and one size fits most. We provide bikes, helmets, locks, maps and knowledgeable guides! A fun, environmentally friendly way to explore this region! Price: from $30 ½ day hire and $55 guided tours. Duration: from 3 hours to multi day hire Opening Hours: 7 days on demand. Bookings essential. Coastal Skydiving, Bay of Plenty ©BOP Tourism

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DOLPHIN BLUE Join us for a unique dolphin watching and swimming adventure. We’ll provide you with an unforgettable, eco-friendly experience that has minimal impact on the marine environment. • Avoid the crowds – to enhance interaction with dolphins passengers are limited to 15. • Morning tea and beverages provided. Please remember to bring your lunch. • Wetsuits and snorkelling equipment provided. • View dolphins, whales, seals, schoolfish and birdlife in their natural environment. • Private charter available. • Operating season is Oct–Mar. Departs Sulphur Point Marina, Tauranga Phone: 027 666 8047 Email: info@dolphinblue.co.nz www.dolphinblue.co.nz

“your marine adventure”

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Greerton Village www.greertonvillage.org.nz Historically Greerton is one of the region’s oldest centres and its quaint layout and cherry blossom lined streets give it a lively, village atmosphere. A blend of rare and eclectic old and new stores, means the shopping is unique and perfect for those seeking something different. A range of cafes including ethnic, French and bistro make it a great place for lunch or dinner, while award-winning hair salons and beauty therapy treatments offer excellent service. Greerton is known for its antique and vintage shops, upmarket furnishings and fashion and is accessible on all major bus routes from the city centre.

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Historic Village on 17th Ave 159 17th Ave West, Tauranga City Council Phone 07 571 3700 • village@tauranga.govt.nz www.villageon17.co.nz Experience the charm of the Village – a collection of original and replica buildings from early Tauranga located in delightful grounds. Home to a wide selection of organisation’s including shops, café, hire venues and a variety of creative enterprises (some of whom offer classes) across a range of disciplines. Shop for treasures, grab a coffee or simply enjoy the relaxing setting. Opening hours: 7 days a week. Admission: Entry is free. 

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Situated within McLaren Falls Park, this unique attraction is 35 acres of friendly animals and fun. Well-planned walkways guide you to a close-up and personal encounter with domestic and exotic animals like giant African ostriches and Texas longhorns. Hand feed a large selection of friendly and unusual animals. Stroll the bush walk to an underground Spring and eel swirl. Flying foxes, play and picnic grounds, refreshments and eftpos. Educational and enjoyable school trips. Suitable for Birthdays aand Christmas parties. Open every day in the sschool holidays from 10am-4.30pm, weather ppermitting. Wed and Thurs 10am-2pm, Weekends 10am-4.30pm. W

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Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant 143 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem • Phone 07 576 8800 info@millsreef.co.nz • www.millsreef.co.nz Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant is one of New Zealand’s premium producers of award-winning wines. Twice champion Winemaker of the Year and recipient of over 650 medals and 23 trophies in international and national wine competitions. We invite you to visit our Cellar Door for a free tasting or take time out to indulge in our winery restaurant. Mills Reef is a true food and wine lovers destination. Opening Hours: Cellar Door – open 7 days, 10am-5pm. Restaurant open 7 days for lunch. Dinner Reservation Essential.

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Mossop’s Honey 761 State Highway 29, Tauriko, Tauranga Phone 0800 946 677 • inquiries@mossops.co.nz www.mossops.co.nz BUZZ in & check out our educational & fascinating Live Bee Display! Locally owned & operated since 1947, Mossop’s Honey provides top quality, 100% New Zealand honeys & bee products. Plus honey based skincare & balms, Giftware, Jewellery, Souvenirs, Condiments & mouth-watering Honey Ice cream - there is something for everyone at Mossop’s Honey Shop & our friendly staff are happy to assist you in any way. Admission: Free. Opening Hours: Open 7 days 9am–5pm.

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Omokoroa Golf Club 65 Links View Dr, Omokoroa • Phone +64 7 5480384 info@omokoroagolf.co.nz • www.omokoroagolf.co.nz We are a must to play whilst on holidays or travelling. Our picturesque gentle terrain features eye catching views of the sea and Omokoroa peninsular whilst being home to extensive bird and wildlife. A picturesque part of your great escape. Just 20 minutes from town. Catering and bar facilities. Come and enjoy our Omokoroa country hospitality. Carts and clubs available for hire. Price: Kids $10, Adults from $15 (9holes) to $40 unaffiliated.

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NZ Destination Management Guided Walking Tours Phone 07 574 9622 • info@nzdml.com www.nzdestinationmanagement.com Be captivated by the views, the untamed wildlife, hear the dynamic history from dual land occupation through to natural disaster. Experience our narrative based guided walks and feel the stories come alive! see display ad above

Price & Duration: Dependent on the tour booked. What to bring: Casual walking attire, water bottle walking shoes, sun hat, sun block and a great sense of humour!


Looking for the best deal to see Rotorua and Tauranga? Well look no further! Best Deal Tours has been created with you in mind. Join us to see; geysers, mud pools, Maori culture, kiwis and hot water mineral pools. We have put deals together which will appeal to everyone – history, adventure, exciting fun and amazing experiences. Stunning views along the scenic route with an informative guide. For a local experience, our Tauranga City Sights Tour quickly helps you get your bearings of this spectacular city.

Phone: 07 578 7251 info@bestdealtours.com www.bestdealtours.com TAURANGA

Royale Coachlines Ph/Fax: 07 543 1460 • Mobile: 027 477 8984 info@royalecoachlines.co.nz Royale Coachlines provide a quality bus hire and coach charter service anywhere in New Zealand for corporate travel, sports clubs, school trips, senior citizens, church/youth groups, tours and more. These can be for day trips, overnight stays or extended tours. We invite you to experience the warm friendliness of Royale Coachlines on your next group outing. Members of the Bus and Coach Association. Relax in the comfort of our luxury coaches! For more information on our services call or email us today. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5pm.

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Tauranga Marine Charters Bridge Marina, Pier D34 • Phone 07 552 6283 or 0274 351 353 • tmc@xtra.co.nz www.taurangamarinecharters.co.nz Daily fi shing trips are run all year round. Whether you are on your own or with a group, join us for a fantastic day out on the water. We target the popular table species, namely Tarakihi, Snapper, John Dory, Trevally and Kahawhai. Bring your own fi shing rod or hire one of ours. Flush toilet on board and plenty of deck space. Opening hours: From 6.30am to 8.30pm, 7 days a week.

Price: From $60 – $115pp.

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Tauranga Tandem Skydiving Tauranga Airport • Phone 07 574 8533 www.tandemskydive.co.nz Tauranga Tandem Skydiving operates from the Tauranga Airport located just 5 minutes drive from the main beach and port. Book your jump today and get to feel the rush of a 200km per hour freefall from up to 12000 feet at one of the most scenic dropzones in New Zealand. A range of video and photo options are available with your jump. For bookings and further information check out our website. Opening hours: 7 days a week when the weather is fine.

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Te Puna Quarry Park 108 Te Puna Quarry Road, SH2, 14km west of Tauranga • Phone 07 544 2014 www.quarrypark.org.nz A magical place - walking tracks, stunning views, specialty gardens, sculptures, native bush, amphitheatre, cliff s and ponds, history, places to explore, picnic shelters, butterfly garden – something for everyone, great for children, young and old. One of the biggest outdoor plantings of cymbidium orchids in New Zealand. An amazing park developed and maintained by volunteers. Opening hours: 7 days, all day. Admission: Free. Donations appreciated.

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The Elms Mission House & Gardens Phone 07 577 9772 • info@theelms.org.nz www.theelms.org.nz Take a journey back in time to the early 19th century at The Elms, and discover one of the most treasured historic sites in New Zealand. Explore our historic buildings and beautiful gardens, listen to our stories, and discover what life was like on an early mission station. Opening hours: House and Library open 9am-4.30pm

Mon-Fri, weekends and public holidays 2pm-4pm. Groups welcome by arrangement. Price: Adults $5, accompanied children free.

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Waimarino Phone:07 576 4233 • Email: info@waimarino.com 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga Waimarino, established in 1975, is situated just off State Highway 2, ten minutes from Tauranga City. Premier glow-worm kayak tours offering a totally unique and quality experience operating in both Tauranga and Rotorua. There is the new Waverly Room conference and function facility and fantastic team-building packages available. Waimarino Adventure Park is a premier domestic tourism product focusing on kayaking and adventure activities. see display ad opposite Opening hours: 10am to 6pm. Admission: Adventure Park: Adult $42, Child $32, Family $155.


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WAIMARINO ADVENTURE PARK AND KAYAK TOURS EVENING GLOW WORM KAYAK TOUR – TAURANGA This is a truly unique experience! While you can see glow-worms elsewhere in New Zealand, and you can paddle a sea kayak in many places around the world, this is the only place when the two combine for a magical evening. The tour is great fun with gourmet refreshments, beautiful scenery, and awesome glow-worms. Paddle to the mysterious glow worm canyon after watching the sunset over Lake McLaren. WAIMARINO ADVENTURE PARK – TAURANGA Enter the park knowing that the day is yours to enjoy with our SUPREME PASS. The Blob, The UFO, rock climbing and unlimited kayak hire; the fun is just starting. Slide down NZ’s only kayak slide. Beach volleyball is a hit while others enjoy the challenge on Waimarino’s new low ropes course. Battle the champ on our Gladiators pole, or simply let the palm trees shelter you as you soak up the warm pool while a BBQ cooks nearby. ‘Waimarino – family fun in the sun.’

CONTACT DETAILS Phone 07 576 4233 or Email: info@waimarino.com 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga Opening Hours of the Park – 10am to 6pm Time of Tours – We depart at different times throughout the year depending on the sunset, so call for more information.

PRICING FROM: GLOW WORM KAYAK TOURS FROM $120 & ADVENTURE PARK: ADULTS $42, CHILD $32. FAMILY $155 What to do. Where to ay. How to get there .


Our story is globally unique. The combination of our volcanic ash soils, high sunshine hours, rainfall, mild yet invigorating winters and the moderating impact of the Pacific Ocean makes Te Puke like no other region on earth. We lead the world in the production of the phenomenal super foods of Kiwifruit and Manuka Honey. International brands Zespri and Comvita call Te Puke home, with exports to all corners of the globe. Come learn, see, feel and taste our unique story. For more information visit:

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TePuke A Country Town Experience Visit a rural country town and experience our amazing hospitality. Great shopping, cafés, an art deco cinema, a fabulous park and an art gallery are highlights. Te Puke is internationally recognised as the global capital of Kiwifruit. It is a warm and inviting town priding itself on its multi culturalism and hard working people.

Kiwi 360 Kiwi360 is situated in the centre of the Bay of Plenty province where nearly all of NZ’s kiwifruit is grown. Take an expert guided tour through the commercial kiwifruit farm, sample the wines and liqueurs, and browse for kiwifruit inspired gifts and souvenirs. There are gourmet refreshments in the garden café.

Experience Comvita A world first destination where during a one hour guided tour, visitors experience new technologies that take them back in time; then into a ‘virtual beehive’ to learn the wonders of the honeybee and natures intelligence.

Aerius Helicopter Tours Take a heli tour with a broad range of options. See the tapestry of kiwifruit orchards across the Te Puke region, dairy farms, our rural settlements and our pristine coastline stretching from Pukehina Beach to Mount Maunganui. Further afield take in the volcanic White Island and the eastern coastline.

Kaituna River Jet Be exhilarated with speed, spins and spectacular scenery on the Kaituna river. This is an amazing ride on a really fast jet boat, with an experienced driver on a river with the finest scenery New Zealand has to offer. Throw in some 360 spins and you have an adrenalin and action packed experience that you will remember for a lifetime.


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Experience Comvita 23 Wilson Road South, Paengaroa. www.experiencecomvita.com Tane, the God of the forest, will explain how 800 years ago Maori used the many gifts of nature to achieve good health. Discover the wonders of the honeybee and the amazing bee community. Reconnect with nature to nourish, protect, restore and revitalise human wellness and the joy of life. see display ad back page

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Opening Hours: Open 8.30am to 5pm, 7 days (except Christmas Day) Prices: Adult $28, Child (5 to 15 years) $14.


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Kiwi 360™ 35 Young Road, Rangiuru, Te Puke. Phone 07 573 6340 or 0800 KIWI360 admin@kiwi360.com • www.kiwi360.com Kiwi360 showcases kiwifruit and the abundance of product produced in the fertile Bay of Plenty. The orchard tour is an informative 35 minute fully guided tour of the kiwifruit and specimen orchard. Sample fresh orchard fruit, award winning fruit wines and liqueurs, dried kiwifruit and manuka honey. Enjoy a kiwifruit ice cream, coffee or a scrumptious meal in the café. see display ad above Opening Hours: 9am–5pm. 7 days. Tours from 9am to 4pm.

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Te Puke Golf Club South of Te Puke, between Rotorua and Tauranga. Phone 07 533 1115 • golf@golftepuke.co.nz Golf Te Puke, “The place to play in the Bay” has been described as the best laid out course in the Bay, with its undulating fairways, mature specimen trees and water feature with fountain. With on-site NZPGA Professional Nicholas Davey, the club boasts a fully stocked Golf Shop and the ability to provide professional lessons to all levels of golfer. Come visit and play at our friendly course. Opening hours: Course open to green fee players 7 days a week – ring to confirm availability. Admission: 18 hole green fees from only $20 on Sundays and Mondays with 9 holes for just $12. 

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Whakatane Slap on some sunscreen and head to New Zealand’s sunshine capital – Whakatāne, just one hour’s drive from Tauranga or Rotorua. Whakatāne is the landing place of the Mataatua waka and home to the magnificent Mataatua wharenui which offers an insightful cultural experience. Cafés and boutique shopping opportunities abound, with stunning coastal walks and historic Māori pā sites all within easy reach of the town’s centre. Whakatāne is the gateway to NZ’s only active marine volcano, Whakaari (White Island). Take a scenic flight or guided tour of this amazing island – or dive in its worldrenowned, pristine waters. Swim with the dolphins, or take a fishing charter and haul in the big one. Discover the flora and fauna of Moutohorā (Whale Island) – an island sanctuary off Whakatāne’s coastline either on foot or by kayak. Take the kids on a guided kayak tour of idyllic Ōhiwa Harbour or to Ōhope Beach – voted NZ’s best beach, where you can safely swim on 10km of stunning beach or surf its West End breaks. Golf in paradise at Ōhope Golf Club – one of NZ’s top five coastal links courses. By night, hear the call of the Kiwi, which you can experience through a guided night tour during breeding season. There really is something for everyone to enjoy in Whakatāne.

For more information visit: www.whakatane.com


Maori Culture Whakatāne has a rich cultural history. Guided walking tours, kiwi listening and authentic hangi experiences are available with Nativ Connectionz (www.nativ.co.nz). The Mataatua Wharenui has returned to Whakatāne after a century away and is an outstanding cultural attraction, with a spectacular storytelling experience and digital lightshow. www.mataatua.com

Fishing Whakatāne is rated by fishing correspondents as one of the best all-round fishing destinations in NZ. During summer and autumn, a variety of game fish can be caught including skip jack, yellow fin and albacore tuna, along with shark and marlin. Our fleet of Charter Boats is ready to take you on the ultimate fishing adventure. www.whakatane.com/attractionsactvities/fishing-and-diving

Walking Hike the stunning Ngā Tapuwae o Toi coastal walkway between Whakatāne and Ōhope or take an overnight tramp in the magnificent Whirinaki Forest. Whirinaki also offers challenging mountain bike tracks and the nearby Mōtū Trails in Ōpōtiki is one of the newly developed national cycleways. Pick up walking and mountain biking information from the Whakatāne Information Centre. www.whakatane.com/attractionsactivities/walks-and-tramps

Whakatane Information Centre Come in and speak to our knowledgeable staff to find out about the wealth of activities in the area. Book accommodation and activities at no extra cost as well as travel on Intercity, Naked Bus, Kiwirail and the Interislander or Bluebridge ferries. Free WiFi access available. Cnr Quay St and Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatāne. 07 306 2030 or 0800 942 528. whakataneinfo@ whakatane.govt.nz, www.whakatane.com

Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre Take a journey of discovery through our Museum display and three exhibition galleries which showcase contemporary art from collection-based exhibitions or works by local, national and internationally renowned artists. Esplanade Mall, Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatāne. 07 306 0509 www.whakatanemuseum.org.nz

Whakatane District Aquatic Centre There’s something for everyone at Aquatic Centre. Swim laps in the 25 metre pool, relax in the spas, work out in the gym complex, take the kids paddling in the learners pools or get your thrills on the hydroslide. 28 Short Street, Whakatāne. 07 308 4192 www.whakatane.govt.nz/aquatic


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Activities Frontier Helicopters 216 Aerodrome Road, Whakatane Airport Phone 0800 804 354 or +61 7 308 4188 info@frontierhelicopters.co.nz www.frontierhelicopters.co.nz Our White Island Volcano Adventure takes you to a continuously active volcano, a living breathing geological giant. Aerial views expose the volcano’s power and sensational beauty. Land, and take a one hour guided walk to experience this rare environment. Price: $650NZD pp (based on a minimum of 2 passengers) Departure times: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm 4:00pm

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Kiwi Jet Tours Phone 0800 800 JET (538) or 027 224 3464 KIWIJET@xtra.co.nz • www.Kiwijetboattours.com Depart from the North Islands largest man made earth dam and travel across the majestic Matahina lake. Take in the amazing views of the spectacular ignimbrite cliffs leading to the Rangitaiki River with its weeping waterfalls and willowed banks. Feel your heart race as you navigate the white water rapids surrounded by sheep and dairy farms. Allow an hour and a quarter for the jet boat tour that gives you a real jet boating experience. Price: $95 Adults, $65 Child. (minimum number apply

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White Island Tours 15 The Strand East, Whakatane. Freephone 0800 733 529 info@whiteisland.co.nz • www.whiteisland.co.nz Cruise across the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty to White Island – New Zealand’s most active volcano. Guides will lead you on an exploration of the crater. Experience roaring fumaroles, sparkling sulphur chimneys, bubbling mud pools and the spectacular crater. The return journey often provides the opportunity for dolphin watching. Tour includes a light lunch. see display ad page 45 Opening hours: 9.15am daily (weather permitting). Duration: 5–6 hours from Whakatane. Booking office hours: 6.30am – 9pm, 7 days. White Island Tour ©BOP Tourism

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Check in to some fantastic accommodation in the Bay of Plenty – whether you’re looking for luxury hotels and motels in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Waihi Beach, Papamoa or Whakatane, self-catering apartments, B&Bs or friendly backpacker hostels, there will be something just for you. Holiday parks are another good alternative, providing cabins or camping in a more peaceful rural setting. On-site caravans and cabins provide great value during the winter months. If you are looking for a long term stay, the Bay of Plenty has a number of quality serviced apartments in convenient locations, which are reasonably priced. The Qualmark star system rates various categories of accommodation in New Zealand and is a reliable indication of the standard of facilities. Jasons offers an authenticated accommodation review service online, making us a trusted source for New Zealand accommodation reviews.

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1 Athenree Road, Athenree. Phone 07 863 5600   Email: hotsprings@xtra.co.nz www.athenreehotsprings.co.nz Enjoy peace, tranquility, and a great family environment where you can discover our stunning bird sculptures and unique mosaics. Relax in our chemical free, natural, hot mineral pools. Activities offered include kayaking, swimming, walks, fishing, bird life and a children’s playground. Accommodation offered, from cabins to Deluxe Chalets to spacious camping and campervan sites. Tariff: from $38-175 per double. Qualmark rated: ★★★★★Holiday Park, Qualmark Enviro Silver.

Office Opening hours: 8:30am – 7:00pm.

KATIKATI ASURE Kaimai View Motel 84 Main Road, Katikati. Phone 07 549 0398 motel@kaimaiview.co.nz • www.kaimaiview.co.nz/ www.asurestay.com ASURE Kaimai View Motel has 14 spacious, comfortable units that are perfect for that weekend getaway or relaxing vacation. With all the charm and culture of rural New Zealand, Katikati is a welcoming and relaxing place and has something for everyone; whether that is the outdoors, the arts, or delicious wine and food. 2 min walk to supermarkets and restaurants. Bruce and Liz welcome you to their home and hope you have a wonderful stay. Tarif: Studio units: starting $120, 1 Bdrm Sleeps 3 $140 for 2 persons. 2 Bdrm Sleep 5 $150 for 2 persons Qualmark rated: ★★★★ Motel, Qualmark Enviro Silver.

MOUNT MAUNGANUI Cosy Corner Holiday Park Omanu Beach, Mt Maunganui. Phone 07 575 5899. Reservations 0800 684 654. www.cosycorner.co.nz Centrally located family holiday park, 80m to surf beach. Self-contained Units, Kitchen Cabins, Standard Cabins and Powered Sites. Clean, modern amenities.Swimming pool (summer), hot tub, games room, internet kiosk, WiFi, covered barbecue dining area.Sheltered camp adjacent to children’s playground. Friendly hosts. Family Parks discount.

Qualmark rated: ★★★★ Holiday Park, Enviro Silver

MOUNT MAUNGANUI Golden Grove Kiwi Holiday Park 73 Girven Rd, Mount Maunganui. Phone +64 7 5755821 goldenpk@xtra.co.nz ● www.golden-grove.co.nz Use our modern urban park as a base to explore the region. Walking distance to beach (200m), Bayfair Mall & Aquatic Centre (300m). 2kms to ASB Arena and Bay Park stadium. Wide range of accommodation including 2 and 3 bedroom motels, 30 bed lodge, kitchen cabins and bathroom cabins.

Qualmark rated: ★★★★ Holiday Park, Qualmark Enviro Bronze.

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park 1 Adams Ave, Mount Maunganui Phone 07 575 4471 • info@mountbeachside.co.nz www.mountbeachside.co.nz The Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park offers true beachfront accommodation right at the base of Mount Maunganui (Mauao) or ‘The Mount’ as the locals call it. There is camp sites on the main Mount Beach and beautiful Pilot Bay, cabins and onsite caravans. The park is next to the boat ramp, cafés and the famous Hot Salt Water Pools. There is also a visitor information centre on site. Opening Hours: Summer 8am-8pm, seven days Winter 8.30am-7pm. Seven days. Qualmark rated: ★★★★Plus Holiday Park, Qualmark Enviro Bronze.

MOUNT MAUNGANUI Pavilions Beachfront Accommodation 4 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui Phone 07 572 0001 • NZ Free Phone 0800 472 845 bookings@pavilion.net.nz • www.pavilion.net.nz The Pavilion offers 5 star full oceanview or partial seaview fully self contained accommodation in their 1, 2 and 3 bedroom, luxury apartments. The Apartments all have balconies, minibars, 80 plus channel Digital 42” TV, free secure car parking WiFi, onsite restaurant, many with AirCon. Across the road from the famous Mount main beach, Mount “Mauao” and the Natural Hot water salt pools. Affordable Oceanfront Accommodation at its best.

MOUNT MAUNGANUI Seagulls Guesthouse 12 Hinau Street, Mount Maunganui Phone 07 574 2099 stay@seagullsguesthouse.co.nz www.seagullsguesthouse.co.nz Genuine fl ashpackers in a quiet street, easy walk to beaches and shops. A 14 bedroom guesthouse with single, twin and double rooms with en-suite or shared bathroom, plus self-contained family rooms. The privacy of your own room with all the fun and friendliness of communal facilities. Free WiFi.

Tariff: $64 - $110 per room.

MOUNT MAUNGANUI / TAURANGA Seasonal Work Wanted? We can help! Pacific Coast Lodge, Mount Maunganui Phone 0800 66 66 22 Harbourside City Backpackers, Tauranga Phone 07 579 4066 Seasonal work available all year round. We assist our guests with finding work & transport. Jobs ranging from Kiwifruit Picking, pack house, winter work, cheese/fish factory, demolition & more! Stay, work & play in the Bay of Plenty! see display ad opposite

Tariff: ★★★★ $24 to $80 per night


Affordable Beach Accommodation • 500m from Mt Maunganui Beach • Free surfboards, bikes, DVD’s, BBQ • Games room/internet/Wifi • Free onsite parking • Lots of space perfect for groups! • Job search office all-year round

432 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui Ph: 0800 66 66 22 www.pacificcoastlodge.co.nz

Hilton location at backpackers prices • Central Downtown location • Right on the waterfront • Amongst bars and cafes • Amazing views from deck • Free Wifi (limited) • Job search office all-year round

105 The Strand, Tauranga Ph: 07 579 4066 www.backpacktauranga.co.nz MOUNT MAUNGANUI The Atrium 23 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui. Phone 07 572 3476 • admin@theatrium.net.nz www.theatrium.net.nz Located in one of the most sought after downtown Mount destinations. The Atrium offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Apartments. Relax and enjoy the onsite facilities – spa, inground pool, sauna and gym, plus an exclusive walkway to the main beach. Secure off street parking is provided. Relax and enjoy a friendly holiday atmosphere all year round. Tariff: From $155 per night.

MOUNT MAUNGANUI The Beaumont 12 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui Phone 07 575 0688 • thebeaumont@xtra.co.nz www.beaumontapartments.co.nz The Beaumont offers luxury accommodation with 1 & 2 bedroom self-serviced apartments with ocean or harbour views. Fully equipped kitchen, microwave, bath, clock/ radio, electric blankets, iron/ironing board, 60-channel Sky TV, DVD, wireless broadband internet access. Features include a heated swimming pool (seasonal), barbecue, gym, secure underground parking. Situated in a prime central location, being 100m to cafés, restaurants, the main beach and hot pools. Tariff: $185-$350/night seasonal rates apply.

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274 Hot Springs Road, RD2, Katikati P 07 549 0768 E sapphire.springs@xtra.co.nz W www.sapphiresprings.net.nz MOUNT MAUNGANUI Westhaven Motel 27A The Mall, Mount Maunganui. Phone 07 575 4753   Email: info@westhavenmotel.co.nz www.westhavenmotel.co.nz Situated directly across the road from the safe swimming beach of Pilot Bay, this family run motel has nine spacious units, with four having harbour views, and five facing an internal courtyard. All units have a full kitchen, separate shower and toilet, off street parking, SKY Guest Select (50+ channels). We are within easy walking distance of the hot pools, the main Mount shops and the surf beach. Tariff: $100 - $210 per night (seasonal rates apply)

OPOTIKI Island View Holiday Park 6 Appleton Rd, Waiotahi Beach • Phone 07 315 7519 info@islandviewholiday.co.nz www.islandviewholiday.co.nz Situated on stunning Waiotahi Beach, Opotiki overlooking Whale and White Islands. Of all the campgrounds in the Opotiki region this is the closest to the beach. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Free Inclusions: hot showers, Wi-Fi, gas BBQ’s and kayak use. Features: swimming pool, direct beach access, tennis court.

Price: Accomm $25+ pp, Sites $16-$20 adult, $8-$10 child. Office Hours: 8am–6pm, with extended hours at peak times.


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0800 232 243 PAPAMOA Papamoa Beach TOP 10 Holiday Resort 535 Papamoa Beach Road, Papamoa. Phone 0800 232 243 www.papamoabeach.co.nz Set in 16-acres on the absolute beachfront, we have a range of accommodation from luxury Beachfront and Garden Villas to Holiday Units, Cabins and Camping Sites. BBQs, Spa Pool, Jumping Pillows with adventure playground, Fun Bikes, Sky TV, WiFi. See display ad above Tariff (2 pax): Units: $78-$250*; Camping: $40-$43* *Peak season rates apply.

Qualmark rated: ★★★★★ Holiday Park, ★★★★Plus Motel

TAURANGA Loft 109 Backpackers Hostel 8/109 Devonport Rd, Tauranga. Phone 07 579 5638 backpackers@loft109.co.nz • www.loft109.co.nz Awesome Atmosphere Homely Feel Balconies Harbour Views Laundry Kitchen Facilities Double, Triple, Dorm rooms Eftpos, Visa & Mastercard Wifi/Internet Access Seasonal Work

Loft 109 is a short walk from the bus terminal, making an ideal short stay hostel for travellers passing through wanting to experience what the BOP has to offer. Small hostel with a homely atmosphere. Dbl/Triple Rooms, Female ONLY Dorm and Mixed Dorms. Free public WiFi available on Front Balcony or Paid Wifi throughout hostel. Close to restaurants and bars. Tariff: Double Rooms from $70, Dorms from $28

109 Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand 07 579-5638 backpackers@loft109.co.nz loft109.co.nz

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TAURANGA Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park 165 Omokoroa Beach Road, Tauranga Phone 07 548 0857 • stay@omokoroa.co.nz www.omokoroa.com Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park offers 100% pure natural thermal hot pools with well appointed and comfortable 4 star accommodation to suit all budgets. There are BBQs and an outdoor dining area, Thermal hot pools, playgrounds for the kids, a TV room with pool table and kayaks available on request. There is also a broadband internet kiosk available.

Qualmark rated: ★★★★ Holiday Park, Qualmark Enviro Silver.

TAURANGA Tauranga Central Backpackers 62 Willow Street Tauranga. Phone 07 5716222 bookings@backpack.co.nz • www.tgabackpack.co.nz The Fun Place To Stay. Conveniently located in the heart of Tauranga city, just minutes walk from the vibrant Strand restaurant, bar and cafe strip with stunning harbour views - Tauranga Central Backpackers is a feature packed venue providing modern accommodation facilities to travellers and the general public. Complementary pool table, video games, ping pong table, 24 Hr access and Internet Café. Reception Hours: 7.30am to 9.00pm.

TAURANGA Trinity Wharf Tauranga 51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga Phone 0800 577 870 www.trinitywharf.co.nz Unrivalled waterfront location, over-water restaurant, lounge bar with fi replace, swimming pool & gym, free car-parking, free WiFi (50mb/24hrs), 119 stylish guestrooms, separate bath/shower, 2 & 3 brm/2 bathroom apartments, 24hr reception & room-service, air-con, meeting venues and pontoon.

Tariff: $139 - $740 Qualmark rated: ★★★★★ (4.5-star) Hotel.


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Dining

The Bay of Plenty has a smorgasbord of fresh produce to sample, whether it’s vine-ripened fruit or fresh seafood caught the same day. Take your pick from dining at a relaxing seaside café, enjoying a leisurely lunch at a local award-winning winery or making a night of it at one of the Bay’s many top-end restaurants. There is a fantastic range of delicious locally-grown produce to try right across the Bay of Plenty. Taste the iconic kiwifruit, citrus fruits and fresh avocados which are readily available. Take a stroll along The Strand on Tauranga’s waterfront and enjoy your meal with a view across the harbour, or watch the sun set over Mauao as you dine al fresco with a view of Mount Maunganui. Alternatively, drive out to the region’s boutique wineries for a long lunch in a picturesque vineyard, or just grab a bagel and a coffee at one of the many cafés and stay for a spot of people watching. Quench your thirst, enjoy a seafood lunch and perhaps indulge in a sweet treat at a restaurant, bar or café on Mount Maunganui’s Main Street. Or dine on the beachfront, sit back and relax – this is how life should be!

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From early morning until late into the evening, there’s a range of eateries that will serve you the very best of local cuisine. To help make your choice easy here are some of our favourite spots to dine.

Enjoy the Bay’s fresh produce while soaking up the relaxed café and restaurant scene.

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Dining TAURANGA Amphora on the Strand 43 The Strand, Tauranga. Phone 07 578 1616 www.amphoraonthestrand.co.nz Great food, a warm ambience and the buzzing atmosphere right in the heart of Tauranga. We have a large variety of mouthwatering dishes with gluten free options and a good selection of New Zealand wines and beers. Personal intimate dining or large celebratory groups, all welcome. Licensed and BYO.

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TAURANGA Halo Lounge & Dining 51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga Ph: 07 577 8704 www.trinitywharf.co.nz/halo A relaxed waterfront restaurant & bar with sun-drenched terraces, great views, comfy lounges and all day dining options. Onsite car parking. Meeting, sharing & socializing with great food & bold beverages is what Halo is all about. Opening hours: 7 days, 7am till late.

TAURANGA Mills Reef Winery Restaurant Phone 07 576 8800 • www.millsreef.co.nz Our art deco winery is situated on 20 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds and is ideal for the whole family. With indoor/outdoor dining options and a lunch menu with everything under $25, Mills Reef is the perfect destination for your holiday lunch! View our latest mouth-watering menus on our website. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2013. Opening hours: 7 days for brunch/lunch. Dinner Reservations Essential.

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The Bay of Plenty has all you need for a full shopping experience, from boutique shops and specialty galleries to large shopping centres and malls. Downtown Tauranga has the region’s biggest shopping precinct – with over 300 boutique and department stores to choose from. You’ll also find lots of options for New Zealand-made souvenirs – whether you’re looking for art, jewellery or just a special gift to take home. Mount Maunganui’s Main Street offers you relaxed shopping, or you can browse over 95 stores all under one roof at Bayfair Shopping Centre. If you’re looking for something unique, head to a local gallery and pick up some artwork to remind you of your favourite place. Head to Old Grumpy’s Gallery in Mount Maunganui and catch up with owners Bob and Verena while you browse the artwork, or visit Te Puke and find some fantastic honey products to tempt your taste buds.

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Head for the colourful mural town of Katikati, where you can explore the carvings, murals, sculptures and weavings in New Zealand’s biggest open-air art gallery. Pop in to the Little Blue House, a fantastic community project, where you can browse the work in the exhibition gallery and marvel at the building itself, which is decorated with colourful murals.

Born in Kawerau, Owen Dippie is a rare artistic talent. You’ll come across his work on the streets of New York, and in Tauranga.

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Shopping MOUNT MAUNGANUI Kiwiana Gifts & Souvenirs 134 Maunganui Road, Ph 07 5745740 www.nzmadeshop.co.nz ● www.nzmadeshop.com

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100% New Zealand owned & operated. Quality NZ made gifts & souvenirs. Jewellery, Skincare, Wood Carvings, T Shirts, Paua Gifts & Wool Products. Opening hours: Open 7 days.

MOUNT MAUNGANUI Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market 143 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui Ph 07 575 9911 www.mountmaunganui.org.nz For some of the finest fresh produce, breads, cheese, oils, juices, plants, honey, flowers and other delicious edibles from the region, visit the Farmers Market. Pick up some scrumptious items for a picnic, meal or snack when holidaying in the Mount. Phoenix carpark, Downtown Mount Maunganui. Opening hours: Every Sun, 9am-1pm, rain or shine!

MOUNT MAUNGANUI Old Grumpys Gallery 245 Maunganui Road Mt Maunganui. Phone 07 281 1256 www.oldgrumpys.co.nz With warm, relaxing and friendly surroundings, enjoy browsing through thousands of books at unbeatable prices. Check out the unique ever-changing range of collectables and photographic images and products. Wi-Fi is free to all our customers. Opening hours: Open 7 days, 10am-4pm

MOUNT MAUNGANUI Pohutukawa Gallery 138 Maunganui road, Mt Maunganui Phone / Fax 07 572 5556 www.pohutukawagallery.co.nz Pohutukawa has a distinct pacific / New Zealand flavour and ambience. We have a fabulous selection of quality and affordable New Zealand art for the home and garden, special gifts, souvenirs and jewellery. see display ad page 74 Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat/Sun 10am–4pm

MOUNT MAUNGANUI The Souvenir Shop 158 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui Phone +64 07 575-3783 Email kjtlimited@gmail.com Looking for something special? We stock stunning authentic Ngai Tahu Greenstone, NZ Made and other great traditional gifts & souvenirs. Come on in, you might be surprised at what you find. Opening hours: Open 7 days.

TAURANGA Ebony Boutique 13 Devonport Road, Tauranga Phone 07 549 0383 www.ebonyboutique.co.nz Ebony Boutique has 2 stores in the Bay of Plenty one in Downtown Tauranga and one in Waihi Beach they offer a wide range of women’s clothing at affordable prices. Sizes range from 8-20 and stock fashion brands with suitable fitting for mid age women. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat and Sun 10am-3pm


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TAURANGA Maggie J Shoes Phone 07 578 7121 www.maggiejshoes.co.nz Maggie J Shoes is the place to go for quality women’s and men’s European shoes. Brands including Ecco, Hogl and Rieker. From casual to special occasion, handbags and shoe care. Visit our shop at 35 Grey Street, Tauranga. Opening hours: 6 days, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

TAURANGA Tres Chic Phone +64 07578 1705 Email tres.chic@clear.net.nz `Cool, stylish, keepsakes, fabulosites and treasures’. You are welcome to browse an eclectic range of vintage furnishings laden with french soaps, linen sprays, body care, cushions, scarves, silk robes, Italian jewellery and baby gifts.

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The Bay of Plenty has a great range of transport options to help you get from A to B, including rental cars, campervans, taxis and buses to the outlying areas. Public buses in Tauranga are called Bay Hoppers. This service is provided by Go Bus and managed by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Buses run seven days a week and on all public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Intercity Coachlines, Newmans and Naked Bus runs regular services around the region, which also connect to Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo and around New Zealand. Catch any Intercity Coachlines, Newmans and Naked Bus services from Wharf Street, Tauranga, as well as regional services to Katikati, Rotorua, Te Puke, Omokoroa, Whakatane and all charter, tour and cruise ship buses. If you prefer door to door service try a shuttle bus or taxi. Taxi companies are available across the region, along with a range of rental cars, if you prefer to explore under your own steam. The Pacific Coast Highway links Auckland, the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay. It takes approximately three hours to drive from Auckland to Tauranga with some fantastic coastal scenery along the way. The Port of Tauranga is also a popular stop for cruise ships, which is another great way to see the region. For more information about the regional bus services and Bay Bus timetables visit: www.baybus.co.nz Phone: 0800 4 BAYBUS.

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The official New Zealand Road Code guidebook is available at most bookstores and petrol stations. Transport & Rentals

Road Rules New Zealand drives on the left. At roundabouts, always keep left and give way to all traffic on your right. All traffic turning right should give way to a vehicle coming from the opposite direction and turning left. This applies at cross roads and T-intersections where both vehicles are facing each other. New Zealand law requires all the occupants of a moving vehicle car to wear a seatbelt. It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving unless it’s ‘hands-free’. The speed limit on the open road is 100km/h and 50km/h in residential areas unless otherwise marked. The New Zealand Police enforce all traffic laws, including the speed limit and dealing with accidents. All accidents must be reported to the police within 24 hours. Dial *555 on cell phones for non-emergency accidents. Obtain the driver’s name and address and vehicle registration number.

TAURANGA Bayline Coaches 12 Alach Street, Greerton. Phone: 07 578 3113 info@baylinebus.co.nz www.baylinebus.co.nz One of the region’s largest passenger transport companies with a friendly and professional team. With over 90 vehicles, ranging from 11-61 seats including 4 star luxury touring coaches, airconditioning and restrooms. 100% NZ owned and operated. Qualmark rated: Silver Qualmark –Visitor Transport

TAURANGA New Zealand Cabs Phone 07 577 9797 or 0800 482 947. Online bookings & quotes www.nzcabs.com Our drivers all have Police clearances and are happy to take you anywhere in the Bay of Plenty. Our vehicles include Toyota Hybrids, large cars, 9 seater vans and total mobility wheelchair vans.

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Price: We offer a discount to SuperGold card holders and Australian Seniors card holders

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Emergencies Police, Fire and Ambulance, phone 111. Tauranga Central Police Station is located at 11 Monmouth Street. Phone 07 577 4879. Mount Maunganui Police Station is at 6 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui. Phone 07 575 3143.

Accident & Emergency Medical & Dental Centres Tauranga Hospital, Cameron Road. Phone 07 579 8000. Whakatane Hospital, Corner Stewart and Garaway Streets, Whakatane. Phone 07 306 0999. Opotiki Hospital, 32A King Street, Opotiki. Phone 07 315 8500.

Airport Information Tauranga City Airport is located on Jean Batten Drive about 10 minutes from Tauranga city centre and seven minutes from central Mount Maunganui. To check arrivals and departures on the day, visit www.airport. tauranga.govt.nz/Home/arrivals-departures

Banks & ATMS Trading banks are normally open Monday–Friday, from 9am– 4.30pm. There are ATMs (money machines) and exchange facilities at most banks across the region.

Foreign Exchange Bureaux de Change can be found in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. TRAVELEX, 63 Devonport Road, Tauranga. TRAVELEX, 165 Mt Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui. Direct FX Ltd, 171 Oceanbeach Rd, Mt Maunganui.

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Taxis NZ Cabs. Servicing Tauranga, Papamoa, Mt Maunganui, Bethlehem, Katikati, Omokoroa, Te Puna and Te Puke. 24 Hours service. Phone 07 577 0304. When phoning Bay of Plenty numbers from out of town, dial 07 first. Local calls from a Telecom payphone cost $1.00 for the first 15 minutes, then $0.20 per minute. It is easy to pick up a New Zealand SIM card and the main networks are 2degrees, Vodafone NZ, Telecom and Skinny.

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Postal Services 536 Cameron Road, Tauranga.Phone 07 571 1690. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am–5pm, Saturday 9am–12pm. 155 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.Phone 07 574 3505. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am–5pm, Saturday 9am–3pm. 197 The Strand, Whakatane. Phone 07 307 1155. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am–5pm, Saturday 9am–12pm.

Supermarkets Countdown Bayfair Shopping Centre, Girven Road, Mount Maunganui. Greerton Shopping Centre, 1368 Cameron Road, Tauranga. 105-125 Commerce Street, Whakatane. Corner Queen and Bouchers Streets, Te Puke. New World Tweed Street, Mount Maunganui. Bellevue Road, Brookfield, Tauranga. Kakahora Drive, Whakatane. Pak ‘n Save 476 Cameron Road, Tauranga. 42 Domain Road, Papamoa.

Visitor Information Tauranga i-SITE Visitor Information Centre 95 Willow Street, Tauranga. Phone 07 578 8103. Information Desk at The Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park 1 Adams Ave, Mount Maunganui Phone 07 575 4471. www.mountbeachside.co.nz Whakatane i-SITE Visitor Information Centre Cnr Quay Street and Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatane. Phone 07 306 2030. Katikati i-SITE Visitor Information Centre 36 Main Road, Katikati. Phone 07 549 1658.

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