Cruising Coromandel Peninsula's See & Do
Collected by Donna Heiderstadt, AFAR Contributor
Tauranga, New Zealand
More than 120,000 people call Tauranga home, making it the largest city in the Bay of Plenty area and the fifth most populous in New Zealand—though it only gained "city" status in 2004. Its center is a mix of modern and historic, its harbor a hub...
Whakaari / White Island, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
The "youngest country on earth" was forged along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a geological pressure cooker that creates glaciers and volcanoes (and is susceptible to earthquakes). One of New Zealand's active volcanoes, the White Island in the Bay of...
Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
Many tourists come to the Bay of Plenty for its dolphin tours—not just to watch the dolphins, but to actually swim with the playful sea creatures in their natural habitat. While swimming with them isn't possible from a cruise ship, you'll likely...
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
The massive sandbar extending from Tauranga's harbor leads to one of New Zealand’s most beloved beaches at Mount Maunganui, known locally as The Mount. The white sand ocean-side beach is a surfer’s dream, and while an artificial reef was installed...
Gisborne, New Zealand
The easternmost point on mainland New Zealand, East Cape is located just past where the Bay of Plenty joins the vast Pacific Ocean. The spot is marked by a white lighthouse, poised 154 meters (505 feet) above the sea. This is a ruggedly beautiful...
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