Experience the North Island
Swim, surf and kayak in pristine Pacific waters then head inland for beautiful river walks and swimming spots set in bush-clad hills. The spectacular scenery of the North Island is not to be missed!
Take a surfing lesson on Waihi Beach, sail a land yacht, cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail, test your courage in the Adrenalin Forest, swim at Owharoa Falls, explore the Karangahake Gorge, and climb the Papamoa Hills trail for breath-taking views of the Bay of Plenty.
Time for something a little less strenuous? Picnic under pohutukawa trees on a white sandy beach, visit a heritage farm park, learn about Maori culture or try a Maori hangi, go caving at Waitomo, visit a working farm, and dig your own private seawater pool at Hot Water Beach.
Ready to wind down? Soak in a natural spring, hang with the locals at the weekly markets, enjoy a spot of retail therapy at Waihi, dine on fresh seafood including whitebait and paua (abalone) fritters, and wash it down with a bottle of premium wine.
“This is a fantastic place to stay. Beautiful walk along the beach with the dogs.”— Jenny, Papamoa Beach
Meet the dolphins
Swim with the dolphins in the Bay of Plenty. Join Dolphin Seafaris for an unforgettable experience using safe swim bars to meet the local wildlife in their own element.