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Parks and nature in Bay Of Plenty

Top parks

Park
“This thermal park has great walks and mountain bike tracks as well as the natural hot pools. The pools have recently been upgraded and there are lockers available as well as a container type cafe available. Do use the lockers provided as this area is a spot where lots of things have been reported stolen. This is a cool little spot to experience the natural hot water pools.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A good walk - with extensive views over Papamoa and back towards Mount Maunganui!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Park
“Gorgeous 400 acres of hilly farmland with beautiful waterways to explore. Ducks and sheep abound and there are beautiful trees galore. Great for a picnic or bbq, tramping, camping and relaxing. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Zoo
“Beautiful walk through nature, seeing trout and other wildlife in beautiful settings”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“Nice place just to walk around and enjoy the peace get to see some thermal activity too”
  • 30 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“A great trip where guides are great and take you on adventure high in the tree tops . ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“This is a lovely nearby spot to enjoy a relaxing swim in naturally heated, crystal clean water. It’s set in beautiful farmland countryside and has a cafe for day or evening meals. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Resort
“The best geothermal hot pools in Taupo. Pools and spa. Only 5mins drive from the Bach. ”
  • 24 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“This a cute 3d maze (have fun getting lost) the perfect place for children. They have just added a little petting zoo for their rabbits, pig, pony & other farm animals. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Hike up our iconic mountain Mauao and enjoy the scenic views from the top, or take the base track for a easier stroll.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Beach
“Calm water with a gradually sloping sea bed, great for young families or those not to keen on the surf. Often events held there in the summer like the Birdman competition, a hilarious afternoon! Take your fish and chips there in the evening and watch the cruise ships leave the harbour.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Fabulous open sea very long beach, enjoy walks, swimming, surfing when the surf is up, body boarding. Nearby cafes.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Beach
“Stunning white sand beach, clear water, good surf - and a fish and chip shop on the corner!”
  • 1 local recommends
Beach
“Take and evening walk to see the Sunset from the top of the hill and the Glowworms which are approx half way up the track which is just before Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“I love doing the treewalk at night time, the forest is lit up by incredible lights!”
  • 64 locals recommend
Trail
“I recommend the tree walk especially at night to see the "David Trubridge" lanterns hanging in the trees.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Trail
“Voted one of the top six mountain bike parks in the world. If you haven’t brought a bike juts hire one there or on Rotorua.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Trail
“A nice scenic river walk from Spa Park to Huka Falls, easy to access and follows the Waikato River. There is a separate track for Mountain Bikers also which will take you out to the Wairakei Forest Park linking to more trails, or alternatively carry on to Aratiatia ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Park your car at the Rangatira Point Track. It is an easy walk that winds through native bush along the lake edge to Whakamoenga Point, offering fantastic views and great picnic, swimming and fishing spots. My favourite spot for a sundowner and a little picnic.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bike Trail
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
  • 1 local recommends