Michael A. Stecker


The Bay of Plenty has some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast of New Zealand.  Because of
its temperate climate, it offers good conditions for farming, particularly citrus and kiwifruit.  The cities of note near the Bay of Plenty are Tauranga -- the largest export port in New Zealand,  Rotorua --  known for
its geysers, thermal area and Maori culture and Whakatane --  deep sea fishing.  The region lies within the Taupo Volcanic Zone with black sand beaches and the active off-shore volcano, White Island.