Bay of Plenty, Walks & Parks

  • Moturiki Island- nr Mt Maungaunui

    This tiny island was once the site of an aquarium and offers spectacular geyser-like displays from the Blow hole at the seaward end when the big seas are running. The island has great walking tracks, is an environmentally friendly picnic spot and you can fish from the rocks above Shark Alley. Moturiki Island Walk and Mount Drury walk are both easy walks.

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    • Location: Off Mount Maunganui beach
  • Pukehina Beach - Bay of Plenty

    Pukehina is a seaside village with two dairies, takeaways, restaurant and children’s playground and is fifteen minutes away from Te Puke. Pukehina Beach is a beautiful, 6km long white sandy beach suitable for swimming, boogie boarding and surfing. Shops and local restaurant/takeaway are nearby.

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    • Location: Near Te Puke, Bay of Plenty
  • Ocean Playground and Skate Park - Whakatane

    This integrated adventure facility provides appropriate challenges for all children, including those with physical disabilities. The playground provides opportunities for children to experience structured activities and creative play in an interactive environment. The Tracks skate park is also situated in the area.

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    • Location: McAlister Street, Whakatane
  • Papamoa Beach - Bay of Plenty

    This growing holiday resort has miles of truly spectacular, white sandy beach stretching from Mount Maunganui to the Kaituna River. Papamoa Beach is just a couple of minutes away from the local shops and restaurant, and a few minutes drive to the Bayfair and Palm Beach Plaza shopping centres.

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    • Location: Bay of Plenty
  • Mount Drury - Mount Maunganui

    Mount Drury is opposite Moturiki Island across Marine Parade from the beach. The ten minute walk follows a well established loop track through mature native and exotic trees. There are great views of the Pacific Ocean and the offshore islands from the peak.

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    • Location: Moturiki Island, access from Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui
  • Mount Maunganui Main Beach

    The beautiful white sands at Mount Maunganui become the main centre for such activities in the summertime as volleyball and sandcastle building, and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, making it a safe swimming destination. There is a parade of cafes, shops and restaurants nearby.

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  • Waihi Beach

    Waihi beach is one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand. There is plenty of room to relax and play on the nine kilometers of beautiful, white sand. There is a modern shopping centre close by with restaurants.

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    • Location: Waihi, Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
  • Bowentown - Tauranga

    Bowentown, the headland at the southern end of Waihi Beach overlooks Tauranga Harbour. An eight kilometre white sandy beach stretches from Bowentown to Waihi Beach. At the southern end of Waihi Beach, just inside the harbour entrance, is Anzac Bay, a calm beach safe for swimming at all tides or exploring the rockpools and where there are changing rooms and toilets plus shady pohutukawas and barbecues.

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  • Cascade Fountain Gardens - Tauranga

    These gardens are unique with their water features and fountains, some of which include controls to allow visitors to experiment with the designs. This hands on experience is set amongst lakes, trees and flower gardens and even a wobbly bridge. Visit the garden after dark and be entranced by more than 200 lights which transform the gardens and light up the fountains and cascades with coloured lights.

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    • Location: 171 Plummers Point Road, Tauranga
  • Te Puna Quarry Park - Bay of Plenty

    This family friendly park is being developed by volunteers from a disused quarry into a world class park. There are ponds, tree ferns and other plants plus stone sculptures by local artists. The walking tracks are easy for the moderately fit. Open every day during daylight hours.

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    • Location: Te Puna, Quarry Road, Bay of Plenty
  • Otarawairere Beach - Nr Whakatane

    Otarawairere Bay is located between Whakatane and Ohope and is only accessible by walking from either West End, Ohope or Whakatene. The short walk (which is part of the Kohi Point walkway) over the hill from Ohope will take about 20 minutes and is suitable for any fitness level. However, if you want a longer walk take the Walking Track from Whakatane which will take you about one and a half hours. The beaches at Orarawairere are secluded and feature sheltered waters, rock pools and shells.

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    • Location: Between Whakatane and Ohope
  • Ohope Beach - Nr Whakatane

    A few kilometers from Whakatane, this beach is one of the safest surf beaches in the country, with 11 kilometres of white sand perfect for walking at low tide. Swimming is safe between the flags at Ohope beach and lifeguards are stationed at Mahy reserve at the bottom of Ohope hill and also along the beach near the camping ground at Port Ohope. Mahy reserve is a great place for picnics, with electric barbecues, tables, playground facilities and parking.

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    • Location: West of Whakatane
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  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.