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Western BOP

A Region of Natural Wonders



Stunning Beaches and Coastal Adventures

The Western Bay of Plenty is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand, with miles of golden sand and crystal-clear water. The most famous beach in the region is Mt Maunganui Beach, a popular spot for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. Take a walk along the beach to the base of Mauao, an extinct volcanic cone that offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Other must-visit beaches in the region include Pilot Bay, a sheltered spot perfect for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, and Waihi Beach, a long stretch of sand backed by dunes and native bush.

Lush Forests and Hiking Trails

The Western Bay of Plenty is also known for its lush forests and hiking trails, with a range of options to suit all fitness levels. The Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park is a popular spot for hiking, with a network of trails that wind through native bush and past waterfalls and swimming holes. Take a walk through the McLaren Falls Park, a scenic reserve with a series of waterfalls and a lake that's perfect for picnicking and fishing. For a more challenging hike, tackle the Wairere Falls Track, a steep climb that rewards you with stunning views of the 153-meter waterfall.

Geothermal Wonders and Hot Springs

The Western Bay of Plenty is also home to some of New Zealand's most impressive geothermal wonders, with bubbling mud pools, steaming vents, and natural hot springs. Visit the Sapphire Springs thermal pools to soak in the warm, mineral-rich water and relax your muscles after a day of hiking or adventure sports. Take a guided tour of the Omokoroa Thermal Area to see the bubbling mud pools and steaming vents up close, and learn about the geothermal activity that shapes the landscape.

Adventure Sports and Adrenaline Activities

For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, the Western Bay of Plenty offers a range of adventure sports and activities to get your heart racing. Try your hand at white-water rafting on the Wairoa River, or take a jet boat ride through the narrow gorges and rapids of the Kaituna River. For a unique experience, book a guided caving tour and explore the underground world of stalactites, stalagmites, and glow worms. If you prefer to stay above ground, go ziplining through the treetops at Adrenalin Forest, or take a scenic flight over the stunning coastal landscape.

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