Originally part of the Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Company, who employed their first vet in 1923, BayVets was formed after the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake, at which time it was decided to split the vet side of the business away from the dairy company. The incumbent Vets at the time were offered the business on favourable terms and accepted, thus creating Edgecumbe vets.
In 2008 the name was changed to better describe our service area. BayVets currently consists of 3 clinics; Edgecumbe, Whakatane and Kawerau with an agency in Opotiki (Lowes Hire and Engineering). We are one of the largest privately-owned Vet practices serving the Bay of Plenty. Servicing both rural and urban clients, offering high-quality veterinary care, complemented by a range of animal health products.
Eastern Bay of Plenty is an area steeped in Maori culture and heritage, and there are many pa sites along the coast dating back to early Maori settlements. Stretching from the small seaside town of Matata through the coastal communities of Whakatane, Ohope, and Opotiki, the Eastern Bay of Plenty is home to some of the country’s most unspoiled coastline. Opotiki, known as ‘The Tourist Diamond of the Pacific’, makes a good base for exploring Eastern Bay of Plenty, with its lovely beaches, well-stocked lakes and rivers for fishing, and native bush for hunting.
At the edge of a picturesque harbour, Whakatane is the main centre of Eastern Bay of Plenty. Offshore, the smouldering volcano of White Island (Whakaari) is New Zealand’s only marine volcano, and local operators will take you on a guided tour to view the volcano’s steaming vents and the old sulphur mine. You can also enjoy dolphin watching and deep-sea fishing, or head over the hills to Ohope, where the long sandy beach has surfcasting, surfing and a delightful coastal walkway. Inland, the hot springs at Awakeri are perfect for a long, hot soak, or visit the rural townships of Kawerau and Edgecumbe and enjoy a horse ride or bushwalk.