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. It is important we share these spaces safely. 

Bikes on buses in Rotorua

Getting around

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

Papamoa Hills planting


Volunteers help Regional Council to extend work programmes, build community resilience and provide invaluable localised knowledge with their diverse skill-sets and experience.

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

We collect water samples from more than 70 sites around the Bay of Plenty weekly throughout the summer swim season.

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.

Aquatic event in the Bay of Plenty

Maritime news

Find out about maritime news and events in the Bay of Plenty.

Community funding

Information about support we offer through funding and scholarships.