January 18th 2025

Things to do in the Bay of Plenty!

Heading to the stunning Bay of Plenty for the Fulton Hogan Mount Festival??

There is plenty to taste, see and do in the Bay, so it’s time to plan your trip!
Whether you are a long-time local or you’re visiting the Bay of Plenty for a long weekend, there is plenty to see and do to make the most of your stay. Soak in a mineral hot pool, refuel with delicious food and drinks or sit back and let one of the local tour guides show you some of the top sites.
Head to the Visit Bay of Plenty website for more information on all the best tips to make the most of your stay or check out some of the best bits below!


Summer markets:
It’s that time again, when the sun is always shining, the air is always warm, and the markets are back up and running! Wherever you are in the Bay, there’s a local market where you can delight in delicious street food, stock up on fresh produce or just enjoy the good vibes that the markets bring.


Eating and drinking in the Bay:
The Bay of Plenty is renowned for its plentiful produce and seafood. Local establishments take full advantage of these fresh ingredients and there is no shortage of world-class dining options to enjoy while on holiday.


The best beaches in the Bay:
With over 125-kilometres of coastline, it’s no surprise that the Bay of Plenty is home to some of the best, and most pristine, beaches in New Zealand (and, some would argue, the world!). But don’t just take our word for it – check out some of the accolades our sandy shores have received and what makes them so special. It’s sure to make you smile!


Activities and Tours:
What’s the best way to experience the Bay of Plenty? Where do we start! No matter where you are in our coastal paradise, you’ll be treated to some of the best beaches in the country, delicious food and drink, unique culture, stunning walking tracks and trails, more waterfalls than you can shake a stick at, and plenty of opportunities to meet the friendly locals.


Walking tracks and trails:

The Bay of Plenty has a huge amount of walking tracks and trails – from short walks (including the most popular short walk in New Zealand) to longer hikes for the outdoor adventurers – you’ll love the variety!