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The enchanting name of the Bay of Plenty comes from the fact that the Maori living here provided Captain Cook’s crew with provisions and water. Today, visitors find an abundance of natural beauty along this 259-kilometer-long (161-mile-long)...

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Tauranga, New Zealand

Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty’s largest city, is famous for its world-class beaches as well as an extinct volcanic cone, the dramatic 232-meter-high (760-foot-high) Mount Maunganui that stands at the entrance to the harbor. A revered site for...

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Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato 3591, New Zealand

On the western side of the Bay of Plenty, with Auckland lying farther west across the Hauraki Gulf, the Coromandel Peninsula is dominated by a rugged mountain range of the same name. There are also several subranges that run the spine of the...

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A fine, white, cast-iron lighthouse caps the tip of the East Cape, which forms the right flank of the Bay of Plenty. Maori culture remains strong in this isolated part of the North Island, where the acclaimed movie Whale Rider was filmed. The...