Season’s greetings! The holiday season beckons... bring it on. God knows we’ve earned it, haven’t we? Struggling to make a living while the old model of capitalism blew a head gasket, and left us all at the roadside scratching our heads by the hissing wreck, going ‘what the hell happened?’
Never mind, hit the beach for the sort of wave-soothed, cathartic escapism that good old Enzed does so well. Some say the best beaches in the world are in places like Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Brazil, California, and Hawaii... but have they been to the Mount, Papamoa and Waihi? In Spotlight you’ll find our guide on the best local beaches, and advice on surf lessons. If you’re fed up with the pounding surf, and sun-baked crowds, we have tips on beaches which off the beaten track, that provide a gentler experience.
In Keep an Eye on the Wind, Surf, Sun we have a swag of tips on where to go online for the best surf forecasts, free surf cams, tides, and weather information. We also tell you how to access fishing reports, the rules on bag limits, etc.
Also in Spotlight, we review the opening of Tauranga’s new waterfront market. What can you buy there? We randomly taste-tested a few stalls and liked what we munched on.
The BoTCom team has embarked on a major update of all our listings. We wrote to all the businesses we feature, and asked them to send us updates. It’s a massive task that will require a number of surf sessions to clear the head, but we are onto it. If you didn’t get our letter, we apologise. Please check your listing on our pages and email firstname.lastname@example.org with your updates. If you’re a visitor who finds we’ve got something wrong...ditto, please let know.
And a ‘buy local’ type appeal. If you are travelling to the Bay of Plenty, or a local travelling to other parts of the country, please remember you can book accommodation online through us. You’ll be helping us continue our ‘insider’s guide’ with its local news and reviews.
The hard-working journos at Newstalk ZB Bay of Plenty, who supply our local news, will take a break from news gathering from the 22th of December, and return on January 12, 2009. We’ll have Local News again from that day onwards.
Eve's Realty Surfbreaker
This is a unique event, based at the Mt Maunganui Surf Club, combining surf, sun, sand and fun... suitable for competitive triathletes and ‘entry level’ triathletes...or just spectate! It's also a great opportunity to burn off your Christmas dinner and win some fantastic spot prizes. 27th December, 2008. Contact Sport Bay of Plenty 578 0016
World Hydroplane Champs
This summer some of the world's fastest hydoplanes are set to shake downtown Tauranga.
The first leg of the hydroplane world grand prix championship will be taking place on Tauranga Harbour, beside The Strand, on the weekend of 17th & 18th January. It’s been 12 years since hydroplanes raced on the Harbour.
McEntee Hire Pro Tour Beach Volleyball
Check out the best beach volleyball players in NZ, as they battle it out with amazing international players, and the up and coming Kiwi talent. A sport that’s great to watch, with music, spot prizes, giveaways and competitions for the crowds. Also on 17-18 January.
Blues Brews and BBQ’s Festival
This year’s festival is returning to its roots of celebrating fine ales, outdoor cooking and blues music. Tickets are still available from branches of ANZ Bank in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Thursday 8th January at Blake Park, Mt Maunganui.
Mills Reef Stars Under the Stars
Tickets are also still on sale for the popular ‘Stars’ concerts, which will be on 24th and 25th January, 2009 at Mills Reef. Tickets are $35 and available through Ticket Direct.
Read a good book at the beach and get inspired...two copies of Tony Christiansen’s book Attitude Plus! are going to Cole and Lyn. And two double passes for Stars Under the Stars are on their way to Jodie and Sally. The concert features two of Australasia’s greatest tributes bands, portraying the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
No better time to hit the great outdoors...and one of our favourite outdoor stores, Hikoi (www.hikoi.co.nz) has provided a $40 voucher this month. If you haven’t been into Hikoi (Maori for walk or journey) in downtown the Mount, it’s an outdoor lifestyle and adventure specialist, with top end travel footwear and apparel. Overseas brands include Merrell, Keen, Teva, and Hi Tec, and there are Kiwi ones like Chalkydigits, Survival and their own Hikoi brand.
If you want a fun outing of a very different sort, there’s Global Golf at Mount Maunganui. This is indoor ‘virtual’ golf using the wizardry of GPS high definition images. You can play on world renown course like Pebble Beach in the U.S. We have two $18 driving range vouchers to give away...perfect for tuning up your game, or just trying the sport.
‘Sheep blamed for $750,000 blaze’ - Bay of Plenty Times with a world scoop about sheep committing arson.
Conserving marine mammals?! This is what Grayson Ottaway found on a menu at a fish ‘n chip shop in Rarotonga.