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Coromandel & Bay of Plenty

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Tauranga tour operators buck parking rules Rebellion has broken out among the ranks of independent tour bus operators, annoyed at being restricted to a small section of Salisbury Ave on cruise ship days at Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty Times
Floating water park in final consenting stages for Tauranga The park is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city centre. Bay of Plenty Times
Big museum and library decision less than a month away – how to have your say A council committee is less than a month away from making a big decision on the future of plans for a new museum and central library in Tauranga. Bay of Plenty Times
Historic country pub for sale hopes for spin-off from cycle trail proximity A country pub next to the New Zealand national cycle network has been placed on the market for sale – just as a new spur to the track has opened up a few kilometres away. Waikato Times
Road closures for cruise ship season Between November 2017 and February 2018 there will be a number of large cruise ships visiting Tauranga. Bay of Plenty Times
Whale’s playtime offers rare experience for kayakers off Tauranga A rare encounter with an inquisitive whale has given a group of kayakers the experience of a lifetime. NZ Herald
‘Fun holiday pad’ voted best in the country in Bach of the Year awards A beachfront bach in Whangamata has been crowned BookaBach’s Supreme Bach of the Year. Stuff
April 2017
Cyclone Cook: Worst is yet to come Cyclone Cook’s fury will be unleashed on much of the country today with conditions similar to those that sank the Wahine 49 years ago. Newstalk ZB
Ngati Awa buys White Island Tours The iwi has announced it is buying iconic Whakatane tour operator White Island Tours. Rotorua Daily Post
Real estate and tourism hits stride on Coromandel Peninsula Tourists and new residents are flooding into the Coromandel, but there’s a price to pay for the economic boom. Stuff
Tourism brings $63m more into the Bay The Bay of Plenty’s latest figures in tourism showed a $63 million increase in year-to-year spend. BOP Times
March 2017
Tourists spent $1.7b in Bay of Plenty in last year Tourists to the Bay of Plenty spent $1.7 billion in the last 12 months to February – up 5 per cent on the previous year. Rotorua Daily Post
Te Puke accommodation bursting at the seams Accommodation providers in Te Puke are already packed to capacity with the beginning of the 2017 kiwifruit season kicking off. Bay of Plenty Times
Restaurant review: Waihi Beach Hotel The Waihi Beach Hotel and beach pub is a local treasure that has been a landmark of the beach town for years, but has become a real foodie destination since it underwent extensive refurbishment three years ago. Bay of Plenty Times[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]