The Bay of Plenty is on the east coast of the North Island of
New Zealand. The region takes in the full sweep of the coastline
from Lottin Point in the east, to Waihi Beach in the west.
On the landward side, the region is mostly bound by the
watersheds of the catchments flowing into the Bay of Plenty. This
includes the lakes in the Rotorua district. On the ocean side, the
region includes 18 offshore islands extending out to the 12
nautical mile boundary.
The area of the region is 21,836 square kilometres comprising
12,253 square kilometres of land and 9,583 square kilometres of
coastal marine area.
Bay of Plenty maps
The Bay of
Plenty Regional Map shows the Bay of Plenty region, districts,
land cover, townships, state highways and major roads. This map
also shows broad scale Geology and Soils information, as well as
Bay of Plenty Regional Council office loactions.
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You can also visit our regional mapping website - Bay Explorer.
The prominent features of the region include islands such as
Matakana, Mayor (Tuhua) and an active volcano, Whakaari/White
Island. Other distinctive landmarks include Mt Maunganui, Mt
Tarawera and Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe), the Tauranga and Ohiwa
Harbours and the lakes in the Rotorua district. There are also five
other major estuaries - the Maketu, Little Waihi, Whakatane,
Waiotahi and Waioeka/Otara estuaries.
The region extends inland, generally to the ridge of the
catchments which drain into the Bay of Plenty. The furthest point
from the coast, the top of the Rangitaiki River catchment, is 139
kilometres from the sea. The eight major rivers emptying into the
bay are the Wairoa, Kaituna, Tarawera, Rangitaiki, Whakatane,
Waioeka, Motu and Raukokore Rivers.
The Taupo Volcanic Zone crosses the region in a line from Lake
Taupo to White Island. Two major features of this zone are the
extensive geothermal areas and the number of earthquake fault lines
which run parallel to the zone.