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On the east coast of the North Island, the Bay of Plenty is a popular destination with stunning scenery and a variety of activities year round. These include jet boat rides on the Kaituna river and white water rafting on the Wairoa river.

In particular, Tauranga, the largest city in the region, has plenty to offer from windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing to more leisurely activities in the waterfront restaurants and bars.

Soak in New Zealand’s only hot salt water pool at Mount Maunganui and relax on one of the many white sand surf beaches.

The town of Te Puke is renowned for its kiwi fruit production - take a guided tour of a kiwi fruit farm and explore the lush orchards.

Katikati is delightful with vivid murals and sculptures decorating the main street lined with boutique arts and crafts galleries.

For something a little different, head to Whakatane and take a short flight over White Island, with its craggy coastline, steaming craters and spectacular active marine volcano.