Explore the Bay of Plenty: Upcoming Events and Must-Visit Spots

by | Sep 22, 2023

Kia ora, fellow adventurers! If you’re like me and always on the lookout for exciting events and activities, let’s dive in and see what’s happening locally in the Bay of Plenty.


Explore the Bay of Plenty

Whakatane and Ohope Beach are perfectly positioned, making them easily accessible from various key cities in the North Island. Whether you’re coming from Rotorua, Tauranga, Papamoa, Auckland, or Hamilton, Whakatane and Ohope Beach are just a stone’s throw away, making them the ideal destinations for your next getaway.

Upcoming Events and Must-Visit Spots

Julians Berry Farm and Cafe – A Berry Good Time!

Julians Berry Farm and Cafe, a very popular spot for adventurers and families alike for berry-picking and scrumptious treats. Whether you’re coming from Rotorua, Tauranga, Papamoa, Auckland, or Hamilton, Whakatane and Ohope Beach are within easy reach, making it a perfect day trip or weekend getaway.

After filling your baskets with succulent strawberries and plump blueberries, head to the cafe for berry-inspired delights. From smoothies to berry caramel slice and ice cream, it’s a berry lover’s paradise. And don’t miss the chance to try out their famous hot cake stack while exploring the berry fields.

Julians Berry Farm and Cafe Toi’s Challenge 2023

Ready to take your running game up a notch after conquering that half-marathon?

Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 12, 2023, because you won’t want to miss one of Whakatane’s most iconic annual events. The Toi’s Challenge takes you on an 18km adventure through the rugged terrain of the Nga Tāpuwae o Toi track, named after a legendary Māori chief who ruled the area 800 years ago.

While it’s a tad shorter than a half-marathon, don’t be fooled – this course will push your limits. But hey, the jaw-dropping coastal and bush scenery will keep your spirits high as you tackle the challenge!

Organized by the Whakatane Athletics and Harriers Club, Toi’s Challenge promises an unforgettable experience for runners of all levels. Ready to embrace the challenge? Learn more and register at Toi’s Challenge Website


Park Run Whakatane – Lace Up and Get Active

This weekly 5-kilometer run takes place against the backdrop of Whakatane’s stunning parks and trails. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, it’s all about community, fitness, and having a great time. And if running isn’t your thing, you can walk, jog, or even bring your four-legged friend along for a leisurely stroll. Register here.

Whakatane Spring Challenge 2023 – Embrace the Spirit of Adventure

Whakatane Spring Challenge Bay of Plenty

For adrenaline junkies and adventure enthusiasts, the Whakatane Spring Challenge 2023 is the ultimate test of strength and teamwork.

Jodie and Nathan Fa’avae ONZM are the dynamic duo behind this exhilarating event. Their journey began in 2006, fresh off their roles as Outward Bound instructors. Fuelled by a passion for adventure that’s as boundless as the New Zealand landscapes they adore, they founded their very own events company. But here’s the twist – both Jodie and Nathan aren’t just event organizers; they’ve repped New Zealand on the international stage in mountain biking, and Nathan, in particular, has conquered the realm of professional adventure racing.

What ignites their fire, you ask? Injecting boundless energy into New Zealand’s adventure events calendar! And they didn’t just stop there. They envisioned an all-women’s adventure race – a groundbreaking endeavor that has now become the Whakatane Spring Challenge.

So, gear up, ladies, for an adventure like no other. This multi-discipline adventure race sees teams of women kayak, mountain bike, and trek their way through Whakatane’s breathtaking landscapes. Even if you’re not participating, watching the challenge unfold is an experience. It’s a celebration of strength and camaraderie right in the heart of the Bay of Plenty.

Learn more here.


Rally Bay of Plenty – Rev Up Your Engines

Whakatane Rally 2023 Exploring the Bay of Plenty

Watch skilled drivers navigate challenging courses, showcasing their precision and speed. The roaring engines, screeching tires, and adrenaline-charged atmosphere make this event a must-see for anyone with a passion for motorsports. This year the rally is the final round of the Brian Green New Zealand Rally Championship. 

Rally Bay of Plenty 2023 is being bought to us by Motorsport BOP Inc. and will start in Whakatāne over the weekend of the 15th and 16th October 2023. Learn more about this event here.


To wrap it up, Whakatane and Ohope Beach, in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, are your gateways to a world of adventure and relaxation. Whether you’re into food, outdoor activities, fitness, or thrilling spectacles, these destinations have something for everyone.

Centrally located and within close proximity to Rotorua, Tauranga, Papamoa, Auckland, and Hamilton, your next unforgettable experience is just a short journey away. So, mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready to explore the Bay of Plenty and what is has to offer.

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