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5 of the best activities for nature lovers in the Bay of Plenty

Have you considered a holiday in the beautiful Bay of Plenty? Here are 5 of the best nature activities to inspire your next getaway!

Nature lovers rejoice! The Bay of Plenty is the perfect spot to go for a nature-filled getaway in New Zealand. From local hikes, waterfalls, surfing, sightseeing, and more, there is plenty to keep you busy if you like to enjoy the outdoors on holiday.  

Getting outdoors and enjoying nature is one of the best ways to appreciate a new place and check out the local sights. In New Zealand, you will experience plenty of local wildlife and nature almost anywhere you go. Get out and about to make the most of what our beautiful country has to offer.

Here are 5 of the best activities for nature lovers in the Bay of Plenty!

1. Mauao Summit Walk

You’ve probably seen photos of the stunning view from Mauao before. This popular walk takes about 40 minutes and requires a good level of fitness given the steep climb up. Enjoy incredible views over Mount Maunganui and towards Waihi Beach – you’ll feel on top of the world here! Take a packed lunch and enjoy the 360 views once you reach the summit.

You can choose between two different tracks to reach the top of the mountain, or take the route around the base of the mountain for an easier stroll. If you’re walking in summertime, don’t forget to take plenty of water and sunscreen! The track isn’t paved and can be slippery on the way down, so a good pair of shoes is recommended too.

2. Surfing at Waihi Beach

Surf’s up at Waihi Beach, one of the safest and best spots in NZ.

Surfs up!

Waihi Beach is a great place to get some surfing practice in no matter your skill level. Bring your own surfboard or rent one at one of the local surf shops. If you’re a beginner, why not take a surfing lesson with Waihi Beach Surf School to improve your skills? You’ll be a pro in no time! They offer private, group and family lessons for everyone to enjoy.

Given it’s one of the safest and best places to surf and swim, Waihi Beach is very popular, and can get quite busy in summertime. Make sure you watch out for other surfers and swimmers when you’re in the water, and always follow the beach rules.

If surfing’s not your style, take a dip to refresh or sunbathe on the beautiful sandy beaches.

Stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi Beach or Tasman Holiday Parks – Beachaven and you’ll be within walking distance to the beach. It’s the perfect spot for a beachside escape!

3. McLaren Falls

A short 10 minute drive from Tauranga, you’ll find the McLaren Falls Park.

You’ll definitely want to go chasing this waterfall!

McLaren Falls Park is a short 10 minute drive from Tauranga, offering 190-hectares of parkland alongside Lake McLaren. There’s plenty to do here, including fishing, kayaking, bush walks and concerts in the summertime, making it the perfect place to enjoy nature. Take a stroll down to the waterfall and keep an eye out for glow worms after dusk! There are plenty of great swimming holes and spots in the area too, which are a great place to stop in and cool down on a hot day.

If you’re staying at Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach, you’ll be only 30 minutes away from the park. You will also be within an easy drive to plenty of other great waterfalls and water holes in the area!

4. Papamoa Hill Regional Park

An ideal spot for avid hikers, the Papamoa Hills Regional Park offers several trails to enjoy and get your heart rate up. The main track is over 200 metres above sea level, offering incredible views across the coastline. You can also choose from several other trails that weave around the park. There’s no such thing as a wrong turn in this stunning park!

Over 50,000 native plants have recently been planted, and you can also spot seven pā sites in the hills – this is where Papamoa’s original Māori inhabitants lived. It’s the perfect mix of nature and cultural heritage to explore and appreciate during your stay in the Bay of Plenty.

5. Redwoods Forest Walk

A little further afield, but well worth the drive, is the Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua. Surround yourself by 75-metre-tall redwoods as you walk along the suspended pathway, learning the history of the 120-year-old trees and how they came to be planted in New Zealand.

The 28 suspension bridges range between 9-20 meters off the ground, allowing you to experience these magnificent trees at varying heights.

The walk takes about 40 minutes and can be done during the daytime or at nighttime with the trees illuminated by lights. This is a great unique family friendly activity to add to your holiday bucketlist!

Rotorua is about an hour’s drive from Tauranga, and offers plenty of fun nature and adrenalin activities to enjoy.

Where to stay?

The Bay of Plenty has lots to explore for the whole family.

If you’re heading to Papamoa Beach, check out Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach for beachfront camping, gorgeous villas, and great facilities. Or if you’re heading up to Waihi Beach, Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi Beach and Tasman Holiday Parks – Beachaven are the ideal spots to stay for your next getaway. Book your stay now!

What to Pack for a New Zealand Holiday

New Zealand Holiday Essentials

New Zealand is a wonderful country to visit no matter the season. It’s the country that has it all from snow-capped mountains to beautiful beaches, from urban cities to majestic fjords, it truly is one of the most scenic places on this planet. The good news is we can now start travelling to NZ from Australia with New Zealand’s border opening. With so much to do and the changing seasons, it can be challenging to put together a packing list. Below is a list of essentials for the various seasons to make it a little easier.

New Zealand holiday in summer

New Zealand summer is from December to February. The summer time is balmy and pleasant with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 32°C. It’s relatively dry during summer so leave the raincoats and umbrellas at home.

In summer, enjoy the many stunning beaches New Zealand has to offer. Visit the laidback coastal town of Papamoa Beach or the safest surf break in New Zealand at Waihi Beach. There are many places to go and enjoy the great outdoors on hiking and cycling trails or enjoy the city life in New Zealand’s urban cities.

New Zealand summer is balmy and pleasant, perfect for surfing, cycling and more!

What to pack for a New Zealand Holiday in summer

  • Be sun safe: Make sure you pack a hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing to cover your shoulders when out and about. The UV can be quite high during summer so slip, slop and slap.
  • Comfortable summer clothing: New Zealand has plenty of hiking and cycling trails, so make sure you bring a range of comfortable summer clothing. Pack t-shirts, shorts and light long pants for outdoor activities.
  • Walking shoes and socks: If you plan on exploring New Zealand’s wilderness (which we highly recommend) make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes and socks.
  • Swimwear and towel: New Zealand has many places to enjoy a cool dip. From beautiful beaches, lakes, and rivers, be sure to pack your swimwear to enjoy.
  • Sandals and thongs: For lazy days around the beach or caravan park, pack some lightweight and comfortable shoes.
  • Going out clothes: For the long lunches and nights out, make sure you pack a nice going out outfit and shoes.

New Zealand holiday in Autumn

Autumn in New Zealand is from March through to May. It’s a great time to travel because you can still enjoy the sunshine without the crowds. Temperatures range from 7°C to 21°C.

Make the most of the warmer weather before winter arrives. Enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves against a backdrop of blue skies. Venture off on one of the many hiking tracks, take a dip in the ocean, explore the cities, or go fishing.   

Enjoy beautiful autumn leaves from March through to May.

What to pack for a New Zealand holiday in autumn

  • Wind and rain resistant coat: Autumn inNew Zealand can be a littlechilly and wet at times. Pack a wind and rain resistant coat so you’re prepared for all kinds of weather.
  • Be sun safe: The sun is still strong in Autumn so make sure you pack a hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing to cover your shoulders when out and about.
  • Comfortable clothing for layering: New Zealand can get a little chilly at times during Autumn. Pack lightweight clothing that you can layer when exploring the great outdoors.
  • Walking shoes and socks: It occasionally rains during autumn so pack walking shoes with good grip. Sometimes walking paths can be a little slippery after a good drenching.  
  • Swimwear and towel: The water is still warm enough to enjoy a quick dip. Pack your swimwear and a towel.
  • Going out clothes: For nights on the town pack warmer clothing as it gets a little chilly. Pack nice pants, tops, shoes, and jackets to enjoy New Zealand’s nightlife.

New Zealand holiday in winter

Winter in New Zealand is from June through to August. It snows in parts of the country and rains more regularly than in the warmer months. The temperature ranges from 1.5°C to 15.5°C and plumates below 0°C in the mountain regions.

Winter is the perfect time to hit the ski slopes. Spend your days skiing, snowboarding or hiking and finish the day with a nice hot spa and sauna. Spend your nights cozy by the fire with a mulled wine and good food.

What to pack for a New Zealand holiday in winter

Enjoy skiing and snow with a New Zealand winter escape.

  • Ski gear: When travelling to this winter wonderland you’re going to need snow gear. If you don’t have your own there are plenty of places to hire your gear from.  
  • Thermal clothing: Thermal clothing is great to wear under your clothes to provide that extra warmth on those really cold days. 
  • Warm coat: New Zealand can get quite cold during winter. Pack a nice everyday coat to keep you warm on your outdoor ventures. Something that is wind and rain proof is ideal.
  • Beanie, scarf and gloves: For those extra cold days rug up with the winter essentials.
  • Swimwear: New Zealand has some amazing hot springs, spas and saunas to warm yourself on those cold winter days.
  • Walking shoes and socks: Make sure they have good grip because walking tracks can be a little slippery with ice and rain.
  • Going out clothes: The nights are cold in winter so pack nice going pants, jeans, long sleeve tops and knits as well as a warm coat.

New Zealand holiday in spring

Spring in New Zealand is from September through to November. The temperature ranges from 4.5°C to 18°C. The days are sunny, the mornings are crisp and there are few showers here and there.

The ski season runs until late September, so you still have time to visit the snowfields. Spring is a great time to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or hiking without the crowds that winter and summer have.

New Zealand spring brings crisp mornings and sunny days.

What to pack for a New Zealand holiday in spring

  • Ski gear: The snow season finishes at the end of September so there is still time to hit the slopes. If you don’t have your own there are plenty of places to hire your gear from. 
  • Wind and rain resistant coat: Spring is still a little chilly so pack a wind and rain resistant coat.
  • Be sun safe: Pack a hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing to cover your shoulders when out and about.
  • Comfortable clothing for layering: Pack lightweight clothing and thermals so you can layer on those cooler days.
  • Walking shoes and socks: Pack walking shoes with good grip. Sometimes walking paths can be a little slippery in wet and icy conditions. 
  • Swimwear and towel: Bring your swimwear for hot tubs, spas and saunas.
  • Going out clothes: Pack nice pants, tops, knits, light scarves, shoes, and jackets to enjoy New Zealand’s nightlife. 

Tasman Holiday Parks, the Largest Trans Tasman Holiday Park Group is Poised for Expansion

Tasman Holiday Parks has announced the creation of the leading trans-Tasman
holiday park group after bedding down a series of acquisitions and developments
totalling more than $250 million over the past 18 months.

Tasman Holiday Parks, backed by Tasman Capital, a leading private equity group, is setting its sights on becoming a market leader in the sector. The fast-moving group has quickly capitalised on emerging opportunities in the holiday park sector in Australia and New Zealand as travel restrictions begin to ease in a post-COVID environment.

The emerging holiday park powerhouse, led by industry veteran Nikki Milne and a management team with more than 75 years’ combined sector experience, currently has a portfolio of 21 holiday parks following an acquisition spree that has consolidated quality assets in iconic destinations under the new Tasman Holiday Parks banner.

A recent $300 million capital raise has armed Tasman Holiday Parks with a warchest that will allow the group to double its asset base over the next two years. The pace of acquisitions since early 2020 has positioned Tasman Holiday Parks as the fastest growing owner, developer, and operator of holiday parks in Australia and New Zealand.

Among the latest acquisitions, is Christchurch TOP10 Holiday Park. The significant 277-site asset brings the total number of sites owned by Tasman Holiday Parks to more than 3,000, comprising cabins, caravan & camping sites, and short-term holiday sites.

The group now owns and operates 16 holiday parks in Australia and five in New Zealand and employs more than 300 staff across its operations. Tasman Holiday Parks CEO Nikki Milne says the group has targeted the launch of the consolidated consumer platform, tasmanholidayparks.com to catch the new wave of growth and increasing demand across domestic drive markets as borders reopen.

“We believe a desire for a more timeless touring and travel experience was returning prior to COVID, and the pandemic has only just accelerated this,” said Ms Milne.

“The growing popularity of an iconic cabin, caravan and camping holiday is an emerging mega-trend, and we are positioning ourselves to capture this return to authentic travel experiences with quality assets in iconic destinations across Australia and New Zealand.”

Tasman Holiday Parks is expecting a surge of travel demand as borders reopen across Australia and New Zealand throughout 2022 and beyond.

“While we are anticipating a strengthening of our domestic travel markets, we believe this will translate to a robust trans-Tasman demand for all of our holiday parks as holiday makers make a comeback,” said Ms Milne.

Tasman Holiday Parks has focused its acquisition strategy on quality independent holiday parks, with strong development upside in strategic locations.

Tasman Holiday Parks has recently undertaken a capital raise to restock its war chest with over $300 million available to grow its network and deliver a multi-milliondollar redevelopment program of its iconic holiday assets across Australia & New Zealand.


“We believe in delivering wonderful guest experiences and will focus investment to ensure we have the highest quality parks to delight our customers now and into the future,” said Ms Milne.


Tasman Holiday Parks currently has a deep pipeline of projects and acquisitions to double the size of the business over the coming 24 months. The group’s current development pipeline has the capacity to add an additional 500 sites to its existing portfolio.

Stuart Lamont CEO of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia said the investment into the sector was timely and acknowledged the commitment to quality from Tasman Holiday Parks.


“Holiday Parks are the backbone of the great Australian touring holiday and essential to the social fabric of our communities. Quality, well-funded corporate groups with a strong commitment to re-investment are essential to the delivery of a leading guest
experience,” said Mr Lamont.

“We are excited to support and welcome Tasman Holiday Parks as an active member of the caravanning and camping market and an emerging leader in the trans-Tasman market.”


Tasman Holiday Parks are the fastest growing owner, developer & operator of holiday parks across Australia and New Zealand. With more than 3,000 sites under management across 21 iconic locations, Tasman Holiday Parks welcomes more than 250,000 guests each year.