The Kiwifruit Capital of the World, Te Puke is part of the Bay of Plenty region and conveniently located a short drive from its major centres – Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane.
New Zealand’s booming kiwifruit industry had its beginnings here. It’s now a major export crop: hundreds of local growers produce millions of trays of the traditional ‘Green’ and the luscious ‘Gold’ that are shipped out worldwide.
Te Puke has a thriving farming sector - based on dairying, cattle, deer and sheep. It is also known for honey and bee-related health products such as propolis.
The town has four white-sand beaches within 10 to 20 minutes drive. Visitors can choose from adventure activities such as jet boating, off-roading and surfing - or more relaxed swimming, boating and game fishing. Live volcano White Island just off Whakatane, with its spectacular sulphurous vents, offers one of New Zealand’s most unique eco-tourism trips.
There are lots of other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors – via bush walks, elegant gardens, home and farm stays, horse riding, and hunting trips.
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