On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, we hit the Bay of Plenty. Home to some of New Zealand’s best loved beaches, we spotlight some regional tastes, ogle glow worms by kayak, visit Kiwifruit Country and venture into the mist-wreathed wilderness of Te Urewera. We start in Tauranga, exploring the magnificent Mount, the city’s heritage treasures and seriously great eats.
Eastern Bay of Plenty. After tucking into Tauranga, we venture to Kiwifruit Country where Gavin and Amanda Fleming deliver a spell-binding introduction into our famous furry fruit. We then trail the coastline, taking in the historic richness of Maketu before delving into the delights of Whakatane, headlined by Mataatua: The House that Came Home.
Home to an abundance of kiwifruit and avocado orchards, arguably the best beaches in New Zealand, a rich Māori heritage, and swathed by warm ocean waters, the Bay of Plenty is packed with holiday options for every traveller. Mike talks to a season guide and tour operator, Ian Holroyd from Mount Classic Tours. www.mctours.co.nz
Mike talks about his enriching day with Hinewai McManus from Te Urewera Treks. Entering this vast wilderness feels like entering another realm. Remote, rugged, immense and wreathed in mist and mysticism, Te Urewera is the home of the Tuhoe people. It was a life-changing day for Mike. www.bayofplentynz.com