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hi i am thinking of going to the Bay of Plenty for my 7 days with the wife and 2 kids aged 10 and 7. does anyone have any advice on good hotels ideally near the beach if poss. We are in need of some good advice so please any info is good or if you have any ideas of somewhere better to stay on north island thanks ste

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Very much depends what kind of holiday you are after and what time of year you are going.

Mount Manganui & Papamoa are great beaches in the Bay of plenty area, but they do get very busy in high season. - having said that, so do all beach areas of NZ.

I would suggest also looking at the Bay of Islands and/or The Tutukaka Coast in Northland.

If you give an idea of your budget for accommodation then I could make a few suggestions.

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The first replier's definition of busy and the British definition of busy are not exactly the same.

The definition of a busy beach here is when there are more than 200 people opn the entire beach. It does not matter that the beach may be 5 kilometres long.

The Bay of Plenty has great beaches along its entire length (Bar a few rocky coves around the East Cape) That is approx 150 kms of beach.

Good locations. Mt Maunganui as noted by the post above. Papamoa is OK as well. You could go to the North of the Bay to Waihi beach or further north up onto the Coromandel at Whangamata. Google all these places and you will come up with accomodation options. Most widely available are motels and camping facilities. NZ motels are generally well appointed quite often with a reasonably full kitchen or at the least a microwave and a kettle. All have decent TVs for rainy days.

Now you have absorbed the first few beaches you could move toward the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Specifically starting at Ohope beach over the hill from Whakatane. Great beach, 7 kms long. good for swimming along most all of it though I would recommend staying by the surf lifesaving club at the western end of the beach. Further east is Waiotahi beach. Limited accomodation options here but it is still a great beach. Still further to the East and you are heading towards Te Kaha and Waihou bay. Really getting toward the more remote part of the bay. However you will find very friendly locals here. Accomodation is a little more basic at this end of the Bay.

Again google the names above and more detail on each will be revealed.

Remember the sea in the bay only really starts to heat up around January. Gets to its best around March (or at least it did when I used to live there)

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Thanks for taking the time to reply. We arrive in Auckland on 2nd Jan 2008 for 7 days only and would like to see as much as we can with our children, therefore, we want to stay in a place where is quite central but somewhere that we could come back to and relax and to us a beach would be ideal. We are emmigrating to oz and are stopping off in NZ on our way back to UK. We will be hiring a car and will pay upto £75 to £100 a night for hotel. Many thanks for feedback.

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Hopefully are booking your accommodation well in advance - this is a peak time of year to be holidaying as most companies close down between Christmas and 2/4 January and the workers head off to holiday by the beach!

We have family accommodation at Mount Maunganui (we are a 5 minute walk from the beach), and have heard of others booking their accommodation up to one year in advance for that time of the year!

Do a "google" search on "Mount Maunganui accommodation" and start enquiring as to whether they have vacancies. Most of the accommodation advertised will have enough detail for you to know whether they are close to the beach or not - otherwise just send them an e-mail with whatever you wish to know.

Happy holidays!


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