The Bay of Plenty, on the eastern side of New Zealand's north island, stretches from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east. It is bounded by the Kaimai and Mamaku Ranges and extends inland to the sparsely populated forest lands of Rotorua, Kawerau and Murupara. Several islands are located in the bay Mayor, Motiti and Whale Island and the active volcano Whakaari.
The bay was named by Captain James Cook in 1769 after he saw abundant food supplies at several Maori villages, in stark contrast to observations he made earlier in Poverty Bay.
Visitors can enjoy the bay in more comfort today with Laurie Browne aboard the 12.8 metre Albatross, a surveyed charter vessel which was built and owned by former US President Jimmy Carter.
A maximum of 12 passengers head off to Motiti Island, Astrolabe Reef, Penguin Shoals, Mayor Island and Aldermen Islands for the fishing adventure of a lifetime. There are plenty of snapper to be caught and the waters also hold kingfish and tuna.
The northern side of Mayor Island is a marine reserve, where a decade of conservation has paid dividends. Waters are crystal clear and full of life but if you see the best-looking crayfish there, don't be tempted! Just be satisfied to snorkel and dive.
New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.
South Pacific Adventure Tours Club overnight fishing safaris start at around $965 for up to 10 people and around $40 per person for meals. For overnight trips you need to take your own sleeping bag.
Air New Zealand has one-way flights to Tauranga, valid for travel until December 15, 2006.
One-way fare from;
- Sydney, $388
- Melbourne, $393
- Brisbane, $395
- Adelaide, $496
- Perth, $611
Prices quoted are correct on September 7, 2006.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
South Pacific Adventure Tours
5A Fairway Avenue
Mount Maunganui 3116
Ph/Fax: 07 5756 206
Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476