Some great starting points for additional information about the Bay of Plenty are:
iSITES are visitor centres with free local and national tourist information, as well as booking services for transport and accommodation. You can download a map with the country’s 80-odd centres from www.newzealand.com The Visitor Centres are easy to spot with their distinctive ‘i-SITE’ signage, and they’re open every day. The Tauranga Centre is the biggest in the region, with its own Internet terminals, souvenir shop, travel books and brochures —including those produced by the local Council, the AA and the Department of Conservation.
Tauranga i-SITE Visitor Centre
Hours: 8.30 – 5 pm Monday-Friday, 9- 5pm weekends and public holidays.
95 Willow Street, Tauranga, tel 578-8103
Mount Maunganui i-SITE Visitor Centre
Hours: 8.30 – 5 pm Monday-Friday, 9- 5 pm weekends and public holidays.
Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui, tel 575-5099
Katikati Information Centre
36 Main Road, Katikati, tel 549-1658, www.katikati.org.nz
Te Puke Information Centre
130 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke, tel 573-9172, www.tepuke.co.nz
Waihi Information Centre
Upper Seddon Street, Waihi, tel 863-6715, www.waihi.org.nz
New Zealand’s Visitor Information Network
Tourism Bay of Plenty’s excellent website with a huge amount of up-to-date information on Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and the surrounding region: accommodation, shopping, activities, transport, attractions, and more. You can also call on 577-6234. www.visitplenty.co.nz
Tauranga Citizens Advice Bureau
38 Hamilton Street, Tauranga, tel 578 1592, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s just say that what these people don’t know about the local scene probably isn’t worth knowing. CAB’s 60-odd volunteers provide free and impartial information to anyone – on just about anything. The bureau can call on all manner of local info resources and is also hooked into a national database. They’ll assist you with everything from immigration to education queries. They can even handle queries in languages such as Japanese and Spanish. CAB is not far from downtown Tauranga in Hamilton Street, open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (10am-12pm Saturdays).