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In an area steeped in gold mining history, the rugged backcountry of Waihi has some of the best short walks in the North Island.
Enjoy the restaurants, bars and cafes of Tauranga’s waterfront Strand or the beach and boutiques of Mount Maunganui, then try something fresh and tasty from the orchards that abound in this aptly named region of plenty which is the heartland of the kiwifruit industry.
The Bay is another of New Zealand’s prime game fishing areas with a good fleet of charter boats operating from Tauranga & Whakatane.
Take a trip to see the smoking volcanic White Island off Whakatane or marvel at it from the shore.
Prices from $149 to $179 per couple
20 min from Tauranga and 45 min from Rotorua, ideal as a base to explore from
A place to unwind and relax in a lovely, spacious studio apartment with a comfortable queen size bed, an en-suite bathroom with shower and kitchenette stocked with a selection of teas and coffee. French doors open out onto a small deck and a view of the surrounding countryside. Sit in the armchairs and take in the peacefulness while listening to the bird calls. Wander through the veggie garden and hot house to see what’s growing.
Set amongst an orchard of apple and pear trees and with a large productive veggie garden, there is plenty of fresh organic produce to eat. Meet the calves which are our lawn mowers and George, our Burmese cat, who keeps the rabbit population under control. Free range chooks give us fresh eggs every day.
Breakfast is fresh fruit salad, homemade toasted muesli, yoghurt, bacon and eggs, tea or coffee.
Experience the cool, lush green of the Otanewainuku Forest, see the giant Rimu trees or walk up to the Trig for a panoramic view of the Bay, or swim at the Whataroa waterfall.
Having traveled in New Zealand extensively as well as overseas we can share with you our tips and advice on getting off the beaten path.
Tauranga and the Mount have some great restaurants to choose from, again we have our favourites to recommend.