Regions of the Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty stretches from the base of the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east. The region is bound by the Kaimai and Mamaku Ranges in the west and extends inland to the sparsely populated forest lands around Rotorua, Kawerau and Murupara. Several islands are located in the bay, notably Mayor Island/Tuhua, Motiti Island, Whale Island and, most famously, the active volcano of Whakaari/White Island.

The bay was named by James Cook some time during November 1769. Cook named it the Bay of Plenty after he noticed the abundant food supplies at several Mâori villages he visited on the coast, in stark contrast to the observations he had made earlier in Poverty Bay.

The region

The local government region has a 2004 estimated population of 257,500, which is forecasted to increase to 277,900 by the year 2011. The region is dominated by two cities: Tauranga (population 106,500) and Rotorua (55,100). As a compromise between the cities, the town of Whakatane was selected as the seat for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Other towns in the region include Te Puke, Katikati and Opotiki. Agriculture and tourism are the region's two main industries, with the geothermal region around Rotorua being a popular tourist destination.

The area is forested and has extensive agriculture. The climate is nearly tropical, being both humid and warm most of the year. Notable crops are kiwifruit, apples, avocados and timber. As with most of New Zealand, sheep farming is common.

[edit] Demographics
The total resident population of the Bay Of Plenty region at the time of the 2001 Census was 239,412

Of those, 78.2 percent said they belong to a European ethnic group. 24.4 percent were under the age of 15 years and 9.6 percent were unemployed.

Largest Cities/Towns

Tauranga 106,500

Rotorua 55,100

Whakatane 18,200

Kawerau 7,100

Te Puke 7,050

Opotiki 4,000

Katikati 2,950

Regions of the Bay of Plenty

Te Puke

Bay of Plenty Websites