Bay of Plenty Region
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Our most recommended Bay of Plenty Region Water Sports

  • From Tauranga: Half Day Swimming with Dolphins Tour

    1. From Tauranga: Half Day Swimming with Dolphins Tour

    Step aboard a purpose-built dolphin-viewing vessel and embark on a wild encounter with the ocean's most fascinating creatures. After meeting your crew at the dock, set off into the open water to several well-known dolphin spotting locations, all the while maintaining a respectful distance. With a crew filled with experience sea-farers and dolphins-watchers, trust that your experience will be thrilling, informative, and above all, humane to the dolphins.  The sunshine capital of New Zealand, the "Bay of Plenty" is home to diverse and spectacular sea life from majestic dolphins and orca to the beautiful fur seals, penguins and marine birds. As you travel from spot to spot, keep your eyes peeled for the plethora of marine life that call the bay home. With your expert crew, you’ve got a great chance to to find a pod of dolphins with which you can swim—which is, without question, a magical e...

    This was a great experience and i would recommend it to anyone who would love to get up close to nature

  • Kaituna River: 3.5-Hour Whitewater Rafting Experience

    2. Kaituna River: 3.5-Hour Whitewater Rafting Experience

    Take on a thrilling rafting adventure with experienced and local Kiwi guides. From first timers to white rafting enthusiasts - there's something for everyone. Navigate a wildly beautiful landscape while learning about Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and protection of the land. A quality adventure is blended with Maori culture for a memorable experience. You can self-drive or benefit from courtesy transport from your door to the relaxing River base situated in the middle of Rotorua's native Kahikatea Forest. You're welcome to make use of the volleyball court or 3D maze located onsite. Receive an in-depth safety briefing on land and clamber into high-quality river gear. It's a quick bus ride to the Okere section of the Kaituna River where you'll train and hone your rafting skills before dropping into the gorge and commencing your adrenaline packed activity. Snake through steep New ...

    Wonderful view and river was awesome, enjoyed the rafting and instructor made it a lot more fun.

  • Lake Rotoiti & Hot Pools Guided Kayak

    3. Lake Rotoiti & Hot Pools Guided Kayak

    Combine a kayak tour with a soak in the spectacular Manupirua Springs Hot Pools on Lake Rotoiti whilst visiting Rotorua.  On arrival at the base, you'll be kitted up with paddling gear before a short drive to the lake. After a safety briefing, you'll paddle across the scenic Lake Rotoiti to an amazing spot only accessible by boat. Situated right on the lake edge there are a range of hot pools of varying temperatures, all fed from a natural hot spring. There is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the hot pools or swim in the lake before enjoying a leisurely return paddle. During your time on the lake, your guide will tell you some of the history of the area and discuss local Maori legends. You will also have the option of visiting a cave where you may be able to catch a glimpse of some glow-worms.

  • Kaituna River Rafting Grade 5

    4. Kaituna River Rafting Grade 5

    Situated in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve the Grade 5 Kaituna River features the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, the awesome 7m (21ft) Tutea Falls. Although this trip provides full-on action the river is pool drop meaning that every rapid is followed by calm water making it very forgiving for a grade 5 river. Around 15 – 20 minutes of training is provided prior to the trip teaching all the required paddle commands and safety information. Then there is aroun 50 minutes spent having fun in the river rapids. This is serious fun for advanced rafters or even adventurous beginners.

    Brilliant experience, the guides were great and very helpful. Also made it very fun

  • Hot Pools Kayak & Evening Barbecue

    5. Hot Pools Kayak & Evening Barbecue

    On arrival at the base you'll be kitted up with paddling gear. After a short transfer, there will be a paddle safety briefing before paddling across the scenic Lake Rotoiti to the amazing Manupirua Springs, which is only accessible by boat. During the paddle your guide will tell you some of the area's history and discuss local Maori legends. Situated right on the lake edge there are a range of hot pools of varying temperatures, all fed from a natural hot spring. There is plenty of free time to swim in the lake or enjoy a leisurely soak in the hot pools while your guide cooks an appetising Kiwi barbecue dinner. After dinner, enjoy a sunset paddle across the lake and a visit to the glow-worm caves.

    Awesome experience, tour guide was outstanding. Had a fun time, only suggestion is do not turn up over the weight limit as it makes it abit harder haha

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What people are saying about Bay of Plenty Region

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Overall, it was a very nice trip. But you should be clear about your own seasickness beforehand. Two of the other tour participants really only lay around on the boat for the whole tour because they felt so bad.

Awesome experience, tour guide was outstanding. Had a fun time, only suggestion is do not turn up over the weight limit as it makes it abit harder haha

This was a great experience and i would recommend it to anyone who would love to get up close to nature

Wonderful view and river was awesome, enjoyed the rafting and instructor made it a lot more fun.

Brilliant experience, the guides were great and very helpful. Also made it very fun