Discover Bay of Plenty

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Where to find us

If New Zealand was a human body and you were looking for its heart, the Bay of Plenty is where you’d find it – near the top and slightly over to one side.

The Bay of Plenty is easily connected to the rest of the country. Perfectly located in the Central North Island of New Zealand, the Bay of Plenty is an easy 3-hour drive from Auckland, 45 minutes from Hobbiton, and 1 hour from Hamilton, Rotorua and Whakatāne – the home of the South Pacific’s most accessible active marine volcano. The Tauranga Airport is conveniently located in popular beach hotspot Mount Maunganui. The Airport is serviced daily by Air New Zealand with direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 

Scenic Highlights

Scenic attractions are in abundance throughout the Bay of Plenty, from the famous Mauao, Mount Maunganui, to the waterfalls and forests of the Kaimai ranges, bush-clad islands and marine life in the warm, turquoise waters. The Bay of Plenty is a naturally fertile and agriculturally rich region with avocado, kiwifruit and honey produce aplenty. Watch dolphins and whales play, photograph the picturesque Harbour or journey along one of many stunning coastal walkways, the region has plenty to offer to make your conference the most memorable by far.

What’s on
  • Dinner in the Domain – November – March

  • Gourmet Night Market – December - March

  • Tauranga National Jazz Festival – Easter Weekend

Conference Venues & Facilities

The Bay of Plenty is home to an extensive range of venues and array of quality facilities to suit your conference. Whether it is for 10 or 400 people, many are recommending the destination for its laidback sophistication. Nowhere does beachfront like the Bay of Plenty; host your delegates on and over the ocean in one of our many waterfront venues in spectacular proximity to the ever-changing coastline. Business is in our nature.

Accommodation

With a selection of accommodation, the region’s capital and the country’s fastest growing city, Tauranga can comfortably host 400 delegates all within close proximity. Tauranga offers everything from apartment style accommodation overlooking the breath-taking Pacific Ocean to boutique hotels located in the heart of the city centre. Beachfront holiday resorts boast both luxury garden and beachfront villas, and conference facilities guaranteed to impress.

Unforgettable Experiences

Choose either helicopters or catamarans to take your delegates to White Island, land in the sulphurous crater, and explore its moon-like surface. As one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes, White Island is the perfect option for incentives or partner programmes. Stand on the crater edge and peer into the volcano’s acidic, hazy depths, followed by dolphin and whale spotting on the journey home. You will feel the moon like surface beneath your feet and see a live volcano bubble before your eyes. White Island is a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

One of New Zealand’s most spectacular kayak adventures is at home in the Bay of Plenty. Relax on the edge of tranquil Lake McLaren enjoying locally produced refreshments, and at dusk guides will lead you and your delegates onto the Lake to watch the sun set over the rolling hills. Gently paddle your kayak into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glow worm canyon. The glow worms will take your breath away and leave you awestruck as you ponder the wonders of the natural world.

The Bay of Plenty is home to a wide selection of renowned local gourmet food and arts and crafts markets. Schedule your conference around a pre-existing market or fashion your own food truck event. Choose from a variety of sought after vendors to create an experience that is guaranteed to make your conference shine!