Living in the Bay

The Bay of Plenty region is a great place to live with a diverse and rich history and culture, and a beautiful environment which we help our communities look after.

From beaches to mountains, islands, harbours, lakes and vibrant geothermal areas, the Bay of Plenty region has it all.

Onekawa Bay in the Bay of Plenty

Our places

The Bay of Plenty is well known for its clear blue skies, white sand beaches, lush green forest parks and stunning natural beauty.

a family getting ready for a day out on the water

Boating in the Bay

The Bay of Plenty is renowned for its beautiful harbours, lakes and rivers. These waterways are shared by boats, swimmers and other recreational users, so its important we share this space safely. 

Bikes on buses in Rotorua

Getting around

Bay of Plenty Regional Council manages the regional Baybus bus network.

Papamoa Hills planting

Get involved

We work with the community to protect our water, soils and our wildlife, and to manage or get rid of pest plants and animals.

Waste and recycling

This search directory is a fast and easy way to find companies that can take or recycle waste materials in the Bay of Plenty region.

Omarumutu School kids at Roydon Downs, BOP


We support environmental learning in our region through a range of education programmes and resources. 

Beautiful Kaituna River in the BOP

Safe swimming areas

Each year we monitor more than 70 popular coastal, river and lake recreation sites from October to March for faecal contamination (bacterial monitoring) and from October to June for toxin-forming algae species (algal bloom monitoring).

Civil Defence vehicle


Our Civil Defence Emergency Management ensures the safety of people and property by preventing, reducing or overcoming hazards in the Bay of Plenty region.