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Our Region

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 locations.

To view this map you must have Flash installed. Click here to install Flash. The map is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024 by 768 or higher.

You can also visit our regional mapping website - Bay Explorer.


Regional features 

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.