Western Bay District Council Barkes Corner, Greerton, tel 571-8008, www.wbopdc.govt.nz Looks after the whole region beyond urban Tauranga, including Waihi Beach, Katikati, Kaimai, Te Puke and Maketu.
Environment Bay of Plenty 6 Rata Street, Mount Maunganui, tel 0800-ENV-BOP (368-267), www.ebop.govt.nz The region’s environmental watchdog responsible for air quality, pollution control, plant and animal pest controls, etc. The HQ is in Whakatane, but there’s a local offce in Mount Maunganui. The website is a mine of local environmental information.
Department of Conservation (DoC) 253 Chadwick Road West, Greerton, tel 578-7677 or 0800-268-600, www.doc.govt.nz Provides information on walking tracks, forest park access, scenic and island reserves, and offers all sorts of brochures, maps, permits hut passes and conservation information. Really useful website.
Tauranga City Council Willow Street, Tauranga, tel 577-7000, www.tauranga.govt.nz Offers advice and publications on Tauranga’s parks, cycle- and walkways, swimming pools, libraries and other resources & services. Plenty of useful information downloadable from their website. Read more info on Tauranga Council.