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Things to do in Bay Of Plenty

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Pop over the Kaimai Range and visit Mt. Maunganui. Has a beautiful scenic walk around the base or if you have a bit more energy walk to the top and enjoy the stunning view of the Bay of Plenty.”
  • 195 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Really popular all round Shopping Centre 5 minutes away with a good selection of restaurants, food mall and Countdown.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Lots of atmosphere, made up of quirky pieces, friendly staff and great food and drinks”
  • 45 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Dont know what to eat and where. Eat Streat is a pedestrian only covered collection of rotorua dining establishments. From ice creams to fine dining is catered for”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pool
“Total relaxation at the heart of Mount Maunganui. Beneath the majesty of Mauao relax and unwind in the only hot ocean water complex in the world! 20 minute drive to enjoy the healing properties of bathing in heated salt water and top it off with a massage from our friendly and experienced therapists to really treat your body.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Trail
“Love the feeling of nature, well take a walk on a different level through the popular raised tree walk, by day or by night. A neat experience. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Café
“A Fun, Family-Friendly Rotorua Activity! Jump onboard one of our eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas. The 900-metre long Doppelmayr cableway system will transport you and your friends on a gentle, scenic ride up to the Skyline Rotorua complex. Once up top, you can choose to Luge, Mountain Bike, Zoom Zipline, Skyswing, check out the nature trails, shop at the INZPIRED Store or the Jelly Belly Store, enjoy Volcanic Hills wine tasting and dine at Market Kitchen or Stratosfare Restaurant. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Donation only to see artifacts and pieces of art from national and local artists. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The most prominent landmark in the district and most popular sightseeing spot, with panoramic views of the city and coast. A challenging but achievable hike for the unfit and a fun walk for the fit, the summit track takes around half an hour to climb and is safe and well maintained. There is also a base track which passes around the perimeter and is fairly flat and easy and very beautiful especially at sunset. The summit track that follows stairs is easier as it isn’t as slippery as the gravel track but is steeper and quicker.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“We like to go here regularly, its so good for our bones. The Pavillion Pool option is the public area for adults. Best value for getting a variety of pools from 38 degrees to 41 degrees with water from different springs. Changing rooms are clean and warm. And you will get some great photos of the pools with the Sulphur Bay of Lake Rotorua in the background. Open from 8am to 10pm daily The family pool is available and there are adult spas to watch the kids from in the main pool- which is a little shallower ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Breathtaking falls - accessible via car or take the longer route via bike or walk / from town ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Café
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“Amazing menu - perfect for a special night out, very popular so book ahead ”
  • 44 locals recommend
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“excellent plantings of trees with spectacular autumn colors. the falls cafe is well worth a stop for a bite to eat and coffee tea or cold drinks”
  • 46 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“This walk can be accessed from the bottom and is uphill all the way, or from Summerhills Farm Park which is an easier walk through farmland to several pa sites with spectacular views. On a clear day you can see from Coromandel Peninsula to Whakatane. Summerhills has a number of walking and mountainbiking trails. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Delicious reasonably priced dumplings. Craft beer and a busy happy atmosphere. Family friendly but I do recommend to book. ”
  • 46 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Lots of atmosphere, made up of quirky pieces, friendly staff and great food and drinks”
  • 45 locals recommend
Café
“A Fun, Family-Friendly Rotorua Activity! Jump onboard one of our eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas. The 900-metre long Doppelmayr cableway system will transport you and your friends on a gentle, scenic ride up to the Skyline Rotorua complex. Once up top, you can choose to Luge, Mountain Bike, Zoom Zipline, Skyswing, check out the nature trails, shop at the INZPIRED Store or the Jelly Belly Store, enjoy Volcanic Hills wine tasting and dine at Market Kitchen or Stratosfare Restaurant. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Café
“Amazing menu - perfect for a special night out, very popular so book ahead ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Delicious reasonably priced dumplings. Craft beer and a busy happy atmosphere. Family friendly but I do recommend to book. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bar
“Lovely atmosphere here they also have a great menu for bar snacks or full meals ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our favourite restaurants in Taupo with great food and service. Would recommend.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Est. 1988, Bluebiyou is the Bay of Plenty’s only beachfront contemporary bistro restaurant, bar, weddings & function’s venue. With breathtaking ocean views over Papamoa Beach and the Pacific Ocean, Bluebiyou is the perfect space to relax and dine anytime of the day or night.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch. ”
  • 26 locals recommend

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