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Bay of Plenty clears for takeoff with new classic and cultural attractions

July 11, 2007
Bay of Plenty clears for takeoff with new classic and cultural attractions

Flying enthusiasts can be chauffeured in a classic DC-3 Dakota from Auckland to Mount Maunganui in a new Classic Flyers Weekender package in September. The package includes return flights from Ardmore Aerodrome, classic aircraft or helicopter flights, meals, rental car and accommodation.

The weekends are September 1-2 and September 29-30. Each trip can accommodate up to 28 people, and costs $495 (including GST) per person.

Bay of Plenty Tourism is excited about The Earth from Above the huge outdoor aerial photographic exhibition by the critically acclaimed Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the prestigious World Press Photo exhibition will both feature in this years Tauranga Arts Festival.

The Earth from Above collection of 110 large scale photographs taken in 58 countries has been exhibited with huge success around the world. The Tauranga Arts Festival runs from 18-28 October, and the full festival program will be announced in August.

A new event called Art in Action is under way aimed at creating awareness of the Bay of Plenty regions art culture. Each Sunday from 10am-3pm throughout July to August 26, the public can visit one artist at his or her home studio. To see the schedule and information on other upcoming events, visit

New charter boat company Ultimate Brandys offers fishing, diving and exploratory trips around the Bay of Plenty. One of the companys unique trips is its Harbour Cruise vineyard tour, where passengers can combine a harbour cruise with a visit to the regions wineries.

The coastal Bay of Plenty region offers a great base to explore the central North Island, with easy road access to the Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua (45 minutes inland) and the snowy peaks and deep lakes of the Taupo region.