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Bay of Plenty Attractions
A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Tauranga and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions around the Bay of Plenty you might like to consider checking out. The letters on the map match those on the tabs below, where you'll find information about each attraction. For more ideas, check out the Bay of Plenty Tourism website.
A true jewel in the Bay of Plenty, Mt Maunganui is easily accessed from central Tauranga - just a 10 minute drive in your rental car. The ‘Mount’ is just across the harbour, a sandbar with sheltered Pilot Bay on one side and a fantastic surf beach on the sea side.
The mountain itself, Mauao, rises 232 metres above sea level. Several historical Maori pa (villages) were once built on this extinct volcanic cone, which you will see if you walk around it. The main well maintained track that spans the mountain is approximately 3.5 km long, and suitable for strollers too. There are several other pathways to the top of Mauao, from where you will be rewarded with views in every direction, along the Bay of Plenty coastline and inland to the Kaimai mountain ranges.
Reward yourself afterwards with an ice cream on the glorious white sandy beach, which is consistently voted one of the top in the world. The main beach at Mt Maunganui often hosts sporting events but it’s ideal for sunning and swimming year round. Just across the road there’s an array of restaurants and cafes, equally suited for evening alfresco dining as to a lazy brunch. The main street also houses a number of art galleries, gift stores and fashion boutiques.
Feeling active? Try your hand at paragliding, fishing, or surfing - there are lots of surf schools to be found here. And at the end of the day you can kick back at the hot salt water pools at the bottom of Mauao. Whatever you’re after, you’re bound to find it in this chilled out holiday town.
At Kiwi360 in Te Puke, it’s all about kiwifruit, one of our most recognised exports. Just half an hour along the coast from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty, it makes for a great family outing in your rental car.
Just over 100 years ago the first Chinese gooseberries were planted in New Zealand. They have thrived in the fertile Bay of Plenty, now recognised as the home of the kiwifruit and the place where the very best comes from.
In 1987 Kiwi360 was set up (then known as ‘Kiwifruit Country’) to offer visitors an in depth insight into the furry fruit and the industry that has sprung up around it!
The Kiwi360 complex includes a commercial kiwifruit farm, a retail operation where visitors can purchase kiwifruit inspired mementoes and gifts, and an onsite cafe.
Guided ‘KiwiKart’ tours depart every hour. Climb aboard and whizz through the horticultural theme park. It starts with an odyssey through dozens of different fruit and nut trees, then arriving at the commercial kiwifruit orchard. There are more than 60 varieties of kiwifruit grown at Kiwi360, including the popular gold kiwifruit and the Arguta kiwiberry variety. The experienced hosts will go into great detail about how kiwifruit are grown and the story of how they became a global phenomenon as a super fruit. Plus you’ll get to taste them for yourself, as well as various gourmet products derived from the humble fruit.
Fancy a spot of sailing - on solid ground? The blokart is one of those uniquely Kiwi inventions, an embodiment of our adventurous spirit. In essence, the blokart is a simple concept: a wind propelled go kart! Speedy and compact, they can provide hours of outdoor fun. It was originally devised by inventor Paul Beckett, who had a background in hang gliding and envisioned a wind powered toy for all to enjoy.
Papamoa is the home of the blokart so there’s no better place to give it a go. If you’re staying in Tauranga, Blokart Heaven is a short drive away in your rental car - a 20 minute trip.
No prior experience is needed and you simply need to be 8 years of age or older. Blokarting operates on the same principle as water sailing; even if you haven’t done that before you should pick it up in minutes. You’ll be shown an instructional DVD, and again out on the track. Before long you’ll be whizzing around racing the winds with the breeze in your hair. Instructors will assign you a sail based on your experience, size, and the conditions.
Only a light breeze is needed to get going, as long as there’s wind then the conditions are good for blokarting. You could get up to speeds of 40 km per hour or even higher if the gusts are strong.
Bring a packed lunch with you. And stop in at the pro shop, which has some museum pieces on display, including the very first blokart!
A new addition to Blokart Heaven are the electric drift karts. These three wheeled machines are powered by an electric front wheel, and two drifting wheels at the rear. Steer around the concrete course and get it going sideways!
Escape to a peaceful paradise at Kaiate Falls in Welcome Bay, a suburb of Tauranga. Also known as Te Rerekawau Falls, the Kaiate Falls are part of a nature reserve that includes plenty of greenery in the form of native bush and forest, and a river that runs through a series of waterfalls.
There are well maintained walking trails throughout the reserve. There is a main loop track you can walk that takes about an hour to complete, with maps, information and pictures along the way. There is plenty of shade and shelter provided by the flax plants and large trees, including puriri and kohekohe.
At the top of the ravine, the Kaiate Stream descends over the edge to form the waterfalls you see. The first waterfall is a stunning three step cascade of multiple falls. The first two steps are clearly visible, while the third is recessed into the bush. The second waterfall is a typical drop or horsetail waterfall stretching some 15 metres.
At the bottom of the lower falls there is a delightful swimming hole just made for cooling dips on a hot day. In between the falls, the track crosses over the stream.
The trip will take about 30 minutes in your rental car from central Tauranga. The road is sealed however in the last kilometre it changes to a gravel surface so be prepared for that. Pack a picnic to bring along, because above the Kaiate Falls carpark is a lovely picnic area to relax in, with great views to Mount Maunganui and the Port of Tauranga. There are long drop toilets as well.
You would be hard pressed to believe that McLaren Falls is just 10 minutes from central Tauranga in your rental car. Sprawling over nearly 200 hectares of pastoral land, this park has so much to offer.
Spend the day picnicking and strolling around - the park boasts one of the best botanical collections of trees in the North Island. Gas barbecues are scattered through the grounds and there’s also a cafe by the information centre. Hundreds of sheep roam around the grassy areas (so no dogs are permitted) and you can access Marshalls Animal Park from here, which houses a mix of friendly domestic critters as well as exotic animals like emus and ostriches.
Another highlight is the Waterfall Track where you can admire the falls and watch glow worms after dusk.
Sitting beside Lake McLaren, this park lends itself well to kayaking and fishing all year around. You can fish in the lake or in the Ruahihi Canal, but you will need to obtain a fishing licence. Day licences can be bought from sports shop, or from nearby Marshalls Animal Park.
There are often live concerts held in the park. McLaren Falls is also a popular spot with newlywed couples and you may be lucky enough to see some wedding photos being shot there!
Tearing yourself away at the end of the day can be tough but luckily the park’s gates do open for vehicles to leave after closing time so you can stay and enjoy the glow worms. Or why not stay overnight? You can camp for up to three nights at McLaren Falls park. All the open grassy areas are available for campers (except for Cherry Bay) and there are free shower facilities at Pin Oak Flat. Camping is first come first served, no bookings required, but there is a small charge. There’s also a hostel, available at the same rates.
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