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Bay

of plenty


Nurse in New Zealand: Bay of Plenty

Nurses will notice that to the west of Opape starting at the Waihi Beach is a sandy coast, while the coast from Opape to Cape Runaway is a rocky shoreline.

Sizeable harbours are located at Tauranga, Whakatane and Ohiwa. Major estuaries include Maketu, Little Waihi, Whakatane, Waiotahi and Waioeka/Otara. Eight major rivers empty into the bay from inland catchments, including Wairoa River, Kaituna, Tarawera, Rangitaiki, Whakatane, Waioeka, Motu and Raukokore Rivers.

The bay contains numerous islands, notably the active volcano Whakaari / White Island, which at over 1000 feet high lies 50 kilometres from the North Island coast in the eastern bay. Other large islands include (from west to east) Matakana Island, Mayor Island / Tuhua, Motiti Island, and Moutohora Island.