George & Willy give their top 5 things to see and do in the Bay of Plenty.

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George & Willy create life tools for enthusiastic humans, and by life tools I mean functional objects that a lot of people find not only useful but aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Their working mantra is waking up every day, having a cup of tea, unlocking the workshop and getting excited about working with honest materials to create products which are going to be around for generations to enjoy.

My Top 5

  1. Owen Dippie's Road - Just in behind Mount Surf shop on Totara Street is a little alleyway called Ashworth Lane. This is one of the mounts hidden gems, containing 4 or 5 massive portraits by one of the most talented artists in the world, Owen Dippie. The portraits he paints with a spray can are crazy. Ashworth Lane contains 5 metre versions of Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Biggie Smalls and a few others. Well worth a look, just duck in next time you are driving down Totara Street!
     
  2. Biking down marine parade at night - The smoothest road in the bay and an absolute joy to ride a bike on. It a bit of a hassle mid day as you have to be watching out for cars etc, but at night it is an absolute dream
     
  3. Fish and Chips at Maketu - You could go midday and get a pie from Maketu Pies, but fish and chips over a sunset are probably a better option, you get to look back down at the mount and see the whole coast, if you get the chance while you are there pop over to Nudicks
     
  4. Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools - One of the gems of the bay. You need a boat to get there which is what makes them so enjoyable. The hot pools are right on the lake, so you can go between jumping off the jetty to the hot pools. We definitely recommend this if you get a chance.
     
  5. To coin the phrase 'only a surfer knows the feeling', the Mount is a playground of options from Matakana island to the Mount main and down the coast. Even if you don't surf though, throw on some swimmers and have some fun!