Looking to road trip on New Zealand’s North Island? The Bay of Plenty region is the perfect destination. Camplify has a range of self-drive van and tow hire options available to hire locally within the Bay of Plenty region.
The Bay of Plenty is a bight in the Northern Coast of the Northern Island, a scenic 4-hour drive from the capital city of Auckland. The bay encompasses a large marine area, many coastal towns, the islands within the bay, and New Zealand’s only active marine volcano.
Tauranga is the largest city and the fastest growing population centre in the area for good reason. With a beautiful bay that is an ideal starting point for dolphin cruises, helicopter rides and photography tours, it’s also home to the freshest seafood available, most caught the very day you eat it. Take some time to eat in the local restaurants and sample some locally produced wines.
Mount Maunganui, a suburb of Tauranga, has pristine white beaches and epic rolling waves. It’s a favourite spot in New Zealand for seasoned or beginner surfers, with board hire and lessons available year round. Make sure you plan for a stop off there to don your wetsuit and catch some waves.
Within this unique volcanic landscape, there are various volcanoes, hot springs and geysers to explore. Slightly inland from the Bay, Rotorua is world famous for its hot springs and bubbling sulphur smells. An important place in the Maori culture, it’s here you can experience their traditional dances, customs and foods.
With various small islands that are accessible and located within the Bay itself, there are an abundance of different adventures to be had within the Bay of Plenty. Hiking trails, tourist tours, marine life, volcanic activity and sparkling white sand beaches mean the Bay of Plenty lives up to its name, time and time again.