Staycations, books, bars, and beaches: Carly Gibbs offers information and her views on the best of summer.
After another tough year, it almost feels like our duty to get outside and rediscover our love of
Papamoa Beach Resort
If you don’t like to rough it camping, you don’t have to.
Top tip: Accommodation is likely to be at its fullest in the Bay between December 30 and January 3 with accommodation in Mount Maunganui “basically booked out”. There may be openings in other Bay hot spots but do book ahead.
Raparapahoe Falls, 282 Number 4 Rd, Te Puke.
This is a three-metre high waterfall that plunges into a cool and clear swimming pool that will literally take your breath away.
Whakarewarewa Forest Loop
The recently-opened 33km Whakarewarewa Forest Loop in Rotorua is a circular mountain biking route through its famous namesake forest.
Marine wildlife tours
Enjoy a day out on the briny visiting Tauranga’s spectacular marine mammals and soaking in the sights, including Mayor Island (Tuhua).
Rotorua’s favourite farm show is back for Christmas.
Central Auto Dismantlers New Year Fireworks Explosion
TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, 7pm. For all speedway events, go to www.rotoruaspeedway.co.nz
Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival
Good food and wine, entertainment and product displays. Uretara Domain, Katikati. 12-6pm. www.katikatiavofest.co.nz
TWS World Invitation Superstock Champs
Sharky’s Engineering Ltd Aotearoa Ladies Stockcar Crown. Ladies practise and time trials only – 5.30pm-6pm, racing 7pm. TWS Paradise Valley Speedway.
Polo in the Bay
Features some of New Zealand’s most talented polo players going head-to-head in their provincial colours. Trustpower, Baypark, 1pm-7pm. www.polointhebay.co.nz
New Zealand’s biggest stars of rugby and cricket play in a high-intensity, hugely fun T20 cricket match at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, 6.30pm. www.blackclash.co.nz
Mount Festival of Multisport
This includes the Tauranga Half Marathon, AquaBike, Mount Run and Pilot Bay Swim. www.mountfestival.kiwi
MB Century BoP Streetstock Championship
Stitch n Print BoP Production Saloon Championship, 7pm. TWS Paradise Valley Speedway.
Rotorua Farmers Market
Every Sunday, excluding December 26, at Te Manawa, intersection of Hinemoa and Tutanekai Streets, 9am – 1pm. Grab brunch with live music while browsing fresh produce and artisan stands. No vaccine passport is required.
Tauranga Farmers’ Market from January 8
Every Saturday at Tauranga Primary School, corner of 5th Avenue and Cameron Rd. 7.45 – 12pm. No vaccine passport is required. www.tgafarmersmarket.org.nz