Bay of Plenty

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The Bay of Plenty is a wide bay on the north eastern shoulder of the north island of New Zealand. The best known features in the Bay of Plenty are the shipping port of Tauranga and White Island, an active stratovolcano.


Land Information NZ
NZ54 -- Cuvier Island to East Cape

See also Tauranga.

Weather Information

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The Bay of Plenty is in the Plenty weather zone.

Currents & Tides


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Health & Security

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Ports, Anchorages, and Islands

The bay contains numerous islands, notably the active volcano Whakaari / White Island, which lies 50 kilometres from the coast in the eastern bay. Other large islands include (from west to east) Matakana Island, Mayor Island / Tuhua, Motiti Island, and Moutohora Island.

White Island

Whakaari/White Island is an active andesite stratovolcano, situated about 50 NM from Tauranga. It is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano, and has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years.

White Island is privately owned. Visitors cannot land without permission or remove or disturb any wildlife and must leave only their footprints. However, it is easily accessible by authorised tourist operators.

The waters surrounding White Island are well known for their fishing. Yellowtail kingfish abound all year round, and there is deep water fishing for hapuka and bluenose (a type of warehou) in the winter and blue, black and striped marlin and yellowfin tuna in the summer.


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