176 Parton Rd, Papamoa. (07) 572 4256. blokartheaven.co.nz
What's a Blokart? Essentially it's a land sailing gizmo, a wind powered go-kart. Super easy to drive and great fun, if the wind is blowing and you can't find your kite, this is where you need to be. Or try the new electric Drift Karts if you prefer your fun sideways. Both activities are suitable for anyone aged 8 years and over. Open seven days, weather permitting.
2. Liquid Stixx Paddle Boarding
11 Hinewa Rd, Tauranga. 0800 787 464. liquidstixx.co.nz
Stand up paddling boarding is all the rage and if you want to find out what all the fuss is about, see the people at Liquid Stixx. They can help you with lessons, equipment rental and, if you love it that much, you can buy your own board. These paddle enthusiasts operate in a number of Bay of Plenty locations (and further afield) meaning, whatever the weather, you'll be in the best place. Whether you want to surf or just see the sights, paddle boarding is perfect for young and old. So grab a life jacket and paddle - you'll never be bored again.
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3. Freewheeling Cycle Tours
(07) 571 2453. freewheeling.co.nz
Freewheeling Tours offer fully guided or, if you're feeling independent, self-guided cycling tours and bicycle hire in the Bay or Plenty. Not only do the bikes fold up, they can be delivered free to your accommodation in Tauranga or the Mount, while in summer months you can grab one from Salisbury Wharf. Whether you head downtown, along the water or explore further afield, Freewheeling can help you into the saddle. Guided tours of the Tauranga harbourside run twice daily during summer and they also have full-day options to Rotorua, Waikato or Karangahake Gorge. Fingers crossed the Tauranga Moana Trail will be open before too long.
4. Walking in Katikati
Katikati is more than just a great place to stop and fill the car with feijoas, avocados and kiwifruit - it's also a fine place to go walking. Tanners Point is an enjoyable short walk, and will take you through a picturesque harbourside reserve. Along the way there are picnic tables and toilets, which makes it ideal for a day trip and a packed lunch. For a more strenuous workout, head for Lindemann Road Ridge Track. Entering through bush, the track climbs steeply westwards. Higher up, the grade eases before descending into the upper Wairoa stream catchment. This 11km, five-hour return trip includes remnants of logging operations and awesome views.
• Go to doc.govt.nz for maps and more.