The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Tauranga 11

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Around Hahei 6

Whakatane 5

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Waihi to Paeroa 4

Katikati 3

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Bounty Store

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This design store–cum–gallery is Thames' best option for buying local arts and crafts, including jewelry, pottery, weaving, and paintings.

Driving Creek Railway

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Barry Brickell's fascinating project has become a major tourist attraction. Mr. Brickell is a potter who discovered that the clay on...

Elms Mission House

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Built in 1847, this was the first Christian missionary station in the Bay of Plenty. The lovely late-Georgian house, named for the 50...

Gold Discovery Centre and Gold Mine Tour

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Head underground to this interactive museum explaining the region’s gold-mining history. The roof is lined with timbers as if you are...

Thames Historical Museum

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At this tiny museum you can look into earlier ways of life in the town. The museum contains photographic displays of the gold-rush and...

Thames School of Mines Mineralogical Museum

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From the mid-1800s, the School of Mines was an internationally recognized institution, teaching all aspects of mining. A diploma from...

The Source

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This local arts collective gallery sells many mediums of art–jewelry, pottery, clothing, sculpture, and more. There's an outdoor courtyard...

Weta Design

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The Weta Design gallery is named after the country's largest native insect, which looks like a grasshopper with armor. This gallery has...

Mount Surf Museum

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This quirky spot displays more than 500 surfboards, some from the beginning of surfing in New Zealand, and other surf memorabilia—reportedly...

Katikati Heritage Museum

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For a local, hands-on history of Katikati from its Māori roots through today, as well as contemporary art exhibits, check out the Katikati...

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