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Activities in Tauranga & Bay of Plenty

Around the Property

Guests at the French Country House will enjoy the serenity of our quiet country location. The vast grounds of our luxury lodge show off the best of the countryside so if you prefer, you can lose yourself in the beautiful Bay of Plenty landscape without leaving the property.

Ramble through the 40 acre park-like setting of our boutique accommodation. Pheasant, turkeys, plovers and wild ducks can be found while exploring the grounds.

Say hello to our donkey Cheyenne  - she loves our guests.   Visit the horses and feed them some carrots from the kitchen! 

We have beautiful  free range chickens supplying you with fresh eggs daily for your breakfast.

Be as active or relaxed as you wish on your luxury escape.

In the Bay of Plenty Area

The Bay of Plenty was named by the British explorer Captain Cook in the 1700's for being so lush and green. Today it is just as bountiful and beautiful.

Guests will enjoy a lovely temperate climate and high sunshine hours, perfect for outdoor activities and adventures.

A range of activities and events can be found in the Bay to suit all tastes.   Day Explorer boat trip to see our sea life, swim with dolphins, book a fishing charter, walk up the Mount,  take a bush walk, visit waterfalls, lakes, thermal springs,  glider, scenic flight or go tandem skydiving. Check out the excellent range of cafés and restaurants in the area.

The region also hosts many exciting sporting events, cultural festivals and regular farmer's markets. 

We can arrange:

  • Boat cruises from Tauranga - highly recommended Bay Explorer to see sea life
  • Fishing trips with local fishermen
  • Night kayaking at Waimarino
  • White water rafting or kayaking on the famous Kaituna River
  • Golf at our local golf club nearby
  • Premium cuisine at one of the Bay's fine restaurants
  • Wine tasting at Leveret and Mills Reef Winery only 10 minutes away
  • A helicopter flight around the beautiful Bay of Plenty

View some of our packages.

Further Afield

Use the French Country House as a springboard to experience the sights enjoyed by many visitors to the region. A small sample includes:

  • Geothermal attractions in Rotorua (1hour  minutes) or Taupo (2 hours) with numerous steaming geysers and hot springs and the thundering Huka Falls

  • For all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans, visit the amazing "Hobbiton" movie set in Matamata (1 hour)
  • Maungatautari Ecological Reserve, a popular spot to experience the New Zealand forest as it was hundreds of years ago (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Historic walks and excellent cafés in and around Waihi town and the impressive canyon of Karangahake Gorge (40 minutes)
  • Bike riding tours along the beautiful Karangahake Gorge
  • Dig your own personal spa bath in the sand at Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula (2 hours)

View some of our packages.