Bay of Plenty Travel Guide

  • Rotorua
    by Spearfish
  • A Good Show
    A Good Show
    by rabbit06
  • White Island
    by moirholj
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Mount Maunganui






White Island




Lake Tarawera


Mayor Island


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See all 484 Rotorua Tips
  • Wai-O-Tapu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Even if you have been to Yellow stone park, here is still a must see wonder. The large area covered with various geothermal craters and hot springs and unlike in Yellow Stone, the color come from minerals instead of bacterias. NZ$32 an adult, well worth it.

  • Silver Fern Resort Rotorua

    Rotorua Hotels

    We (3 of us) spent 5 weeks in Australia and New Zealand. The Silver Fern was by far the nicest...

  • Wai-O-Tapu

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    This attraction consists of a serious of geothermal pools and bush walks and the infamous Lady Knox Geyser. They are located just south of Rotorua and are best reached by car. You should buy your ticket at the main location and then drive back to the geyser. The geyser goes off only once a day at 10.15am. The interesting thing about the Wai-o-Tapu...


Mount Maunganui

  • Climb the mount

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

  • Harbour City Motor Inn

    Mount Maunganui Hotels

    50 Wharf Street, Tauranga, 3110, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Posh breakfast but overpriced

    Mount Maunganui Restaurants

    On the main village strip this place is always banged out, even at 8am when we went on Easter Monday. Where a 15% surcharge awaits. Making it very pricey at $23 for egg benedict. But it's a nice place with seats out the front and a roofed courtyard out the back.Anya had pancakes which were crumblingAnd my eggs benedict was very good but a little...



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See all 13 Whakatane Tips
  • Roquette Restaurant and Bar

    Whakatane Restaurants

    Roquette Restaurant was such a pleasant surprise and wonderful dining experience in this small coastal town. We dined for lunch so I don't have evening experience, but if I am ever back here overnight will dine here for sure. Located across the road from the river, sadly the water view is obscured, but nice lookout all the same. The ambience is...

  • Livingston Inn

    Whakatane Hotels

    42 Landing Road, Whakatane, 3120, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Simply divine!

    Whakatane Restaurants

    Roquette Restaurant was such a pleasant surprise and wonderful dining experience in this small coastal town. We dined for lunch so I don't have evening experience, but if I am ever back here overnight will dine here for sure.Located across the road from the river, sadly the water view is obscured, but nice lookout all the same.The ambience is...


White Island

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  • JUST DO IT !!!

    White Island Things to Do

    There is exactly one 'things to do' tip: just visit White Island.Although some companies offer helicopter-flights over the island, I highly recommend to do the guided boat tour from Whakatane with White Island Tours. It is more than worth the money. Total duration of the tour is about 6 hours, including 2 hours visit of the volcano itself. The cost...

  • Pendientes del capitán / Pending on the...

    White Island Transportation

    Llamamos desde Rotorua para ver si había excursion al día siguiente a la Isla de White y nos dijeron que la decisión la tenía que tomar el capitán justo antes de salir , pues el mar estaba revuelto .Quedamos en llamar el día siguiente a primera hora y efectivamente antes de las nueve que llamamos ya teníamos una furgoneta en el camping que nos iba...

  • Alcatraces / Gannet

    White Island Things to Do

    La naturaleza es tozuda y difícil de comprender , pues en esta isla volcánica con altísimos niveles de contaminación gaseosa , de metales y todo lo que uno se pueda imaginar habitan unas de las colonias más importantes de Alcatraces de Nueva Zelanda También los alrededores de la isla son famosos por su buena pesca 8 Atún de cola amarilla , marlin...



See all 12 Whakarewarewa Tips
  • Traditional Song and Dance

    Whakarewarewa Favorites

    While visiting Whakarewarewatanga, be sure to see the performances of local culture.Now, I'm not one of those people who likes performances put on for the benefit of tourists. I'd rather come across a local ritual or event and observe instead of having a whole performance choreographed for the benefit of foreigners under the guise of preserving...

  • Whakarewarewatanga

    Whakarewarewa Favorites

    Chris is/was one of my favorite things about this place. It's been a lot time, and I don't remember all that was said to us, or every detail we learned, but I still remember Chris. I don't know if Chris is still working, but if she is, ask for her as your guide.

  • Look at this beautiful carving

    Whakarewarewa Things to Do

    While in the Rotorua area, at Whakarewarewa visit the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institutesee Rotorua page also.e-mail 64-7-348 3418 (24 hrs)


Lake Tarawera

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    by kiwi Updated Mar 4, 2004

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you do get to jump into the crater, remember to conserve energy for the long walk out! And be sure to take water with you!
    The walk out takes is via the valley track in the top centre of the photo, taking you back to the rim of the crater.

    Unique Suggestions: Be sure to take a water bottle. Wear a hat if in the summer, and take a protective coat if not mid-summer. The weather can change in minutes up here. Good walking footwear is essential as well.

    Fun Alternatives: Helicopter services from Rotorua Airport are available.

    Mt Tarawera Volcanic Crater
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    • Hiking and Walking

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6 March 2013 - Bay of Plenty is one of several regions of the North Island of New Zealand that have been declared drought zones. This means we must conserve water, and take care not to light...