The Bay of Plenty is a large bight in the northern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It stretches from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east, a wide stretch of some 259 km of open coastline. The Bay of Plenty Region is situated around this body of water, also incorporating several large islands in the bay. The bay was named by James Cook when he sailed through the Bay of Plenty in 1769. He noted the abundant food supplies, in stark contrast to the earlier observations he had made in Poverty Bay. It is a growth area of New Zealand, with a population of about 260,000. The main urban centres include Opotiki, Tauranga, Rotorua, Whaktane, Te Puke and Katikati.
DRIVING TIMES – Tauranga City
■ Auckland – 2.5 – 3.0 hours / 206km
■ Hamilton – 1.25 hours / 106km
■ Rotorua – 1.0 hour / 86km
FLYING TIMES – Tauranga City
■ Auckland – 35 min | Wellington – 1.10 Hours
Te Tumu is situated at the eastern end of the Papamoa East Urban Growth Area and at the eastern end of Mount Maunganui. Te Tumu is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the north, the Kaituna River to the south and the Kaituna River ‘cut’ to the east. It is in a growth area of New Zealand.
■ Regional Council – Bay of Plenty Regional Council
■ Local Government:
■ Tauranga City Council
■ Western Bay of Plenty District Council