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

From Waihī Beach in the west through to Whakatāne and Ōhope in the east, as well as its vibrant geothermal areas, our region includes many harbours, estuaries, lakes and mountains.

A region of many special places

Regional parks

We provide ownership and management of Regional Parks for cultural heritage protection and recreatio...


Some of Bay of Plenty's beaches have gained international recognition as New Zealand’s best beaches.


Discover the beautiful harbours in the Bay of Plenty including Tauranga, Whakatāne and Ōhiwa.

Marae locations

There are 224 marae across the Bay of Plenty region. Marae are the cultural and political centres fo...