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Hidden gems in the Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty has uncovered some real gems for meeting planners considering the ‘bay’ for an event: e-bike tours, Brewbus craft brewery tours, truffle hunting, nighttime kayaking to glow-worms, stand up paddle boarding, waka cultural immersion experiences, and marine wildlife spotting from the comfort of a charter boat with full catering and bar onboard.

Conference hotels range from The Armitage which has completed a full refurbishment; the over-water Trinity Wharf which has its own pier; the CBD Hotel on Devonport with water views or the Clarence – a boutique hotel in an historic post office. Quest Hotels will soon have two hotels here aimed at the corporate traveller..

Large scale events can be held at Trustpower Arena Baypark while the  Historic Village offers unique options including  a town hall, school room and a movie theatre.  The Incubator, located within the village, is an artists’ creative hub able to provide artists and creative studio space to truly deliver a creative team bonding experience.

Over the bridge, accommodation includes beachfront apartment options with new surf clubs Mt Maunganui and Papamoa, along with Tasman Holiday Park all offering meeting space.

And we haven’t even mentioned pottery classes, wellness, performers and entertainers, themers…

Contact Angela Werder,