The Bay of Plenty (Māori: Te Moana-a-Toi) is a large bight in the northern coast of New Zealand's North Island. It stretches from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east, a wide stretch of some 259 km of open coastline. The Bay of Plenty Region is situated around this body of water, also incorporating several large islands in the bay. The bay was named by James Cook after he noticed the abundant food supplies at several Māori villages there, in stark contrast to the earlier observations he had made in Poverty Bay.
Things to do in Bay of Plenty Region
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Where to look first, outwards, upwards or at the live chef displays... Set high on the side of Mount Ngongotaha, Stratosfare is the newest hot spot on Rotorua's burgeoning foodie scene. Luxurious Italian marble, granite, schist stonework and timber set the scene for a memorable experience where David Trubridge light frames your dinner setting for an evening that is sure to delight all your senses. Skilled chefs at their stations craft your cuisine, while cocktail connoisseurs mix and shake at the bar - and the sights don't stop - there's also an incredible 180 degree Panorama of Lake Rotorua and the city to soak in amongst the atmosphere. Did we mention the menu? A range of cuisine is presented to tantalize your taste buds, from the tidal mussel tank, ensuring the freshest mussels you can find, to the flame rotisserie, aged prime cuts, Art of the Grill, seasonal salads and the freshly cooked-to-order crepes, we are sure you will leave wanting to come back again and again. Featuring a stunning array of freshly prepared buffet and cooked-to-order dishes highlighting locally sourced seafood, meat and produce, Stratosfare will take you on a gastronomic journey. Our commitment to quality begins long before our produce arrives at our pinnacle site. We work in partnership with local NZ farmers and growers who share our commitment to food excellence, from the pasture to the plate. Our award-winning Wagyu Angus cross fillet steak is just one example. Our prime beef comes from 16,000 hectares of coastal farms near Gisborne. The people of Mangatu Farms have been working their ancestral lands for more than 200 years. They can tell us exactly where the beef has come from, how it was reared and what it was fed. It's the little details like these that set our dining experience apart. We think you will be able to taste the difference too. Last dinner booking 8.30Pm.
We were told about this by a local who described it as a great experience & he wasn’t wrong. We booked for our Saturday night dinner in advance & as the gondola ride is included (which normally costs $31) it means you get the chance to walk around & view all the activities as well as your meal. It happened to start pouring with rain when we were there, so we took shelter in the wine-tasting experience, (there are worse things to do on a rainy afternoon!) wonderfully led by Annie. There is so much to choose from, the challenge is to select those things you really want to sample, without peaking too early! Our server was Geraldine, who was charming and helpful, keeping a smile as she cleared away our Mountains of plates, thank you! We did hesitate at first as it was $57 a head, so not cheap, but when you consider how much you pay for a starter & main in a decent restaurant, not to mention the fact that here, you can go back & try as many dishes as you like/have room for, it was actually quite a bargain - in a lovely place with superb views. Go for it!
4.5 based on 362 reviews
Talk of India's new seasonal menu has taken our favourite restaurant to a new level,the spicy bullets with dipping sauce were delicious, followed by the Eggplant dish and prawns with pineapple salsa accompanied by their garlic naan was ample for the two of us.We will be visiting again to sample other dishes on their exciting new menu
4.5 based on 614 reviews
Sabroso offers a broad taste of Latin America, serving everything from tasty tapas to homestyle Mexican specialities and traditional South American dishes. The beverage menu features our signature margaritas along with affordable South American wines. In short – unpretentious dining for those who love great flavours. The atmosphere is casual and fun, and the food and drinks are delicious!
4.5 based on 433 reviews
Welcome to Ali Baba's Tunisian Cuisine. Tunisian cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean and desert dweller's culinary traditions. Our food can be quite spicy, however we try to cater to customers tastes. As well as meat meals we also have falafel (vegetarian) as a option for those who desire this. Our menu comprises of Kebabs, Pasta and Rice Meals, Gourmet Pizzas and Kascrutes. All meals come with side salads and you can choose from Lamb Chicken or Falafel. Medium or spicy flavour. Ali Baba's Tunisian Cuisine was established in 2004 and is a family owned and operated business. Our aim is to provide flavoursome meals to our customers in a friendly relaxed environment. Our Prices range from $4.50 up to $18.00. Great prices. We have a range of fresh homemade Deserts and biscuits. Our meat and cooking practices are 100% halal.
Amazing place for a good stuffing lunch. Wonderful and uniqe tastes! Worth visiting if you are in Rotorua. Take the mixed kebab!
4.5 based on 470 reviews
Best Coffee in Tauranga. Fantastic breakfast and lunch 7 days from 7am
We stayed in the Devonport Hotel and my husband fetched breakfast from The Med. Great options and freshly made. We thoroughly enjoyed our choices. Good coffee. Staff friendly.
4.5 based on 186 reviews
Restaurants are a little thin on the ground in Whakatane, however, having been thrilled by the White Island trip, we were really happy to have our supper here. Marinated scallops were perfectly “cooked” in their citrus and coconut liquor. Rack of lamb cooked and rested- tender- accompanied by a well balance feta and mint dressing- more delicate than it sounds.
Service was a little slow getting going- suspect that was a sign of youth and inexperience- however, overall, suspect Soulsa is the true #1 restaurant in these parts
4.5 based on 183 reviews
It was obvious that all food had been recently and freshly prepared. Great selections and value for money. The combinations in the ciabatta bread tasted divine.The place had great character and the animal table markers were a cute addition.
4.5 based on 191 reviews
Always a great place to visit if you don’t want to be disappointed. The baguettes are always fresh and you can have them toasted if you want. The coffee is always great and the slices are a perfect way to end a fabulous lunch!
5 based on 552 reviews
A range of continental breads and pastries baked fresh daily. Also a great lunch menu featuring "The Long Dog". More than just a bakery, we have amazing coffee aswell, plenty of cafe style Seating and great ambience.
We stopped by for breakfast and really enjoyed a chocolate croissant, cream-filled donut, and outstanding coffee Americano. We like the place enough to return for lunch to take away and ate it later on the road. Vika was a great sales lady and the breads are the best we found in Rotorua.
5 based on 245 reviews
The flavours were excellent, beautiful fluffy light rice. The only reason I havnt given 5 stars is the beef dish beef was just a little too tough. Otherwise supurb. Excellent staff and service, so helpful and polite. Reasonably priced too. The Mango icecream desert was to die for and gorgeous presentation.
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