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Best parks in Bay Of Plenty

“McLaren Falls is 10 minutes away from Seventh Heaven. You are in for a treat with many things to do, so here we go... Marshalls Animal Park is in the park with a range of domestic and exotic animals, super for children to see. Phone 07 543 1099. Falls Cafe is located by the information centre. Phone 07 543 4976. Beautiful walking tracks and walkways so have your camera ready. Trout fishing happens all year-round in Lake McLaren and in the Ruahihi Canal. You need a fishing licence prior to visiting the park which can purchased from some sports shops or online through Fish and Game New Zealand. Licences are not available to purchase from McLaren Falls Park. Wairoa River and McLaren Falls activities On the Wairoa river near Tauranga you can enjoy kayaking, rafting, fishing, running and setting up for a picnic. White water for kayakers and rafters is regularly released from McLaren Falls dam during warm months . I have done this and strongly recommend it for adrenalin junkies!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“We really enjoy walking up the Papamoa hills and the great view from the top.”
  • 38 locals recommend
“This thermal park has great walks and mountain bike tracks as well as the natural hot pools. The pools have recently been upgraded and there are lockers available as well as a container type cafe available. Do use the lockers provided as this area is a spot where lots of things have been reported stolen. This is a cool little spot to experience the natural hot water pools.”
  • 35 locals recommend
“One of the few places in NZ you can get to see plenty of kiwi and other native NZ birds”
  • 30 locals recommend
“Enjoy breakfast at the market on a Saturday morning before taking a walk and discovering the steaming, hissing, and boiling geothermal activity in the heart of Rotorua at Kuirau Park ”
  • 30 locals recommend
“Wonderful place to explore, so many different parts to Te Puna Quarry. Take a picnic and relax with the family.”
  • 23 locals recommend
“A great day activity; drive in to the country behind Gisborne. About 30 minute drive. Amazing arboretum with wonderful walks, huge trees, ponds, gardens, gift shop and interactive education center for kids. An elegant cafe in the old homestead! Can sit in the beautiful dining room for excellent tea/coffee served by wonderfully friendly staff.”
  • 10 locals recommend
“For those who love tramping or just a gentle stroll in a quite forest, this is the place to go. There are diferent trails depending on your level of fitness. The redwaoods at night (where the canopy is lit is also great to see)”
  • 20 locals recommend
“The best geothermal hot pools in Taupo. Pools and spa. Only 5mins drive from the Bach. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“Just around the corner from your host is their base. you are taken out to a native forest where you can walk on suspended bridges thru the canopy. Ziplines are also advailble”
  • 21 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Amazing hot pools set in a rural setting. Waikite is a great place to relax and soak up the warm geothermal water. They have a neat little eco walk too, where you can see where the hot water comes from.”
  • 23 locals recommend
“I recommend the tree walk especially at night to see the "David Trubridge" lanterns hanging in the trees.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“If you love history, then visit The Elms in Tauranga for an interesting and informative guided tour by a local volunteer.”
  • 11 locals recommend
“I am forever telling guests to go to this amazing little gem. Haurana springs is the deepest natural fresh water spring in the North island of New zealand, located northeast of the Rotorua lake.. The spring emerges gtom a rocky area in the reserve.. Its a real go back to nature experience with unparalleled peace and serenity. Journey through lush landscapes, untouched nature and the deepest natural freshwater spring in the North island. originallty a tribal settlement for the Ngati Rangiwewehi people, now a rich cultural place f history and stories Vist the magic of this special taonga ( treasure). Its magical river side walk has 100 year old redwood trees”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Great scenic walk around the base of the Mount or for more of a challenge you can go to the summit (great workout). 40 mins around the bottom 1 hour up and down”
  • 11 locals recommend
“A great spot down on the water front. Just a few minutes walk from your accomodation and a good place to stretch the legs. ”
  • 7 locals recommend