Bay of Plenty

24 hours in the Bay of Plenty

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We were lucky enough to escape for 24 hours to the Bay of Plenty on a warm August weekend.  I often hear people say that it’s not enough time so why bother – for me it’s the opposite – if you have even a few hours spare grab it and pack as much into it as you can.

Having just returned from a photo shoot with 35 babies (!!) I dropped off all my gear at home and left it all there – including my camera – which meant that I was in one of the most stunning spots in New Zealand with nothing more than an i Phone.  It actually wasn’t too bad because it meant I could travel light and snap moments not masterpieces but there were still times (like when we spotted a seal playing on Papamoa beach that I really wished I had of bought it with me.

Our 24 hours in the Bay of Plenty was so awesome and action packed that even the kids behaved (which is grossly out of character for our lot!).

Here’s a run down of everything we packed into 24 hours with clickable links to head over to the full story right here on Getting Lost…

New roads to travel

I love an untravelled road.  I’m with Robert Frost on this one that the more off the beaten track the better and they don’t get much better than the Karangahake Gorge.  I can’t believe I’d never traveled this road before – for me, there is no other way I would rather get to Tauranga now.

Karangahake Gorge
Karangahake Gorge

A quick visit to Historic gold mining town Waihi

We hadn’t planned to stop as we made our way to Papamoa late on Saturday afternoon but the  historic gold mining town was just too interesting not to stop at.  With a 112 year Cornish Pumphouse sitting proud on the hill it’s a photographers and any adventurous child’s dream spot.

Waihi Cornish Pumphouse

Hanging out with seals on Papamoa Beach

Beautiful beaches that go for miles with distant views of Mt Maunganui – it was the perfect spot for long walks on the beach and even a bit of seal spotting.

seal at papamoa
The seal, striking a pose in front of Mt Maunganui

Amped Moto’s – motorbikes for kids in an awesome location

For motorbike mad kids like our 3 there is nothing like Amped Moto’s.

Seriously cool electric motorbikes for 5 – 12 year olds in a picturesque location – there is everything to love about this place.

Amped Moto's Papamoa
First motorbike moment

Spending a day in Tauranga

Real fish and chips, Hairy McClairy sculptures, parks, walks and gentle surf beaches, Tauranga is an awesome spot to visit with the family.  It’s a big city (it’s the fifth biggest city in New Zealand) with loads of energy and heaps to see and do.

Mount Maunganui
Mount Maunganui

So next time you have “only a day” spare think about all the things you could be doing and head on down to the Bay of Plenty.



Cat is one half of Getting Lost. She met James (the other half of Getting Lost) when she was 12 when she was camping over summer holidays. They were best friends for 25 years before finally getting together and now they live together with her 2 daughters and his daughter. Getting Lost is their story of the amazing spots they discover around this beautiful country of ours - both together and with the kids, as well as how they are making their way through blended family life. They would love it if you would join them for the ride.

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