The beaches at Mount Maunganui are a summer attraction.
Mount Maunganui
Mount Maunganui , Bay of Plenty

By Ben Crawford

Beach life is the only life at Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty.
Mount Maunganui
Beach life , Bay of Plenty

By Chris McLennan

Mount Maunganui

From the base of the volcano Mauao, a white sand surf beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Catch a wave or cruise the many cafes.

"The Mount" is the colloquial name for Mount Maunganui, a relaxed beach town that occupies a peninsula at the southern end of Tauranga Harbour. The peninsula is actually a huge sandbar, with a sheltered bay on the inner harbour side and a magnificent surf beach on the ocean side.

At the very tip of the peninsula is a dormant volcano - Mauao - which rises to 230 metres above sea level. There's a choice of tracks leading to the summit, some more challenging than others. Huge views of the harbour, beach and Pacific Ocean make the effort totally worthwhile.

Mauao is an archaeological site of national significance, with a large pa (fort) site on top of the mountain. A Maori legend tells of Mauao trying to drag himself into the sea to escape the misery of an unrequited love; the result was his lonely position on the edge of the peninsula.

The Mount's glorious surf beach is patrolled by lifeguards throughout the summer and by volunteers for the rest of the year. The busiest section of the beach is close to Mauao; if you walk eastward toward Papamoa you'll find fewer people and more sand to call your own. The beach's reputation as a surfing mecca recently moved up a level with the installation of an artificial reef that produces consistently perfect waves. The reef is located 250m offshore and sits 0. 4m below the lowest tide level, so it's not visible above water. It has been designed to produce fast peeling, tubing, right-hand and left-hand waves, suitable for competent and experienced surfers.

As befits a resort town by the sea, the Mount has a lively array of cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as naturally heated salt water pools. You'll also find plenty to keep you occupied in the outdoors too -big game fishing, dolphin tours, blo-karting and dive trips are easy to organise. Accommodation options range from private holiday homes to sophisticated serviced apartments and hotels.

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Aquarius Motor Inn - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
Mt Maunganui
0800687668
Modern complex with 16 spacious units, all self-contained with super-king and queen size beds, Sky TV (50+ channels), large 32" LCD flat-screen TV, ceiling fans, free wireless broadband. DVD players, pool, spa, guest laundry. Quiet central Mount location. Walking distance to supermarket, Cossie Club and RSA, shops, beach, Blake Park and sports centre, restau... (more)
Atlas Suites and Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
0800555353
Atlas Suites and Apartments is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the restaurants and cafes in Mount Maunganui town centre. Most apartments have a balcony, plus cooking and laundry facilities. Atlas Suites and Apartments at Mount Maunganui have a unique atrium garden. Free secured covered parking is provided. Wi-Fi access is available. Each apartment has s... (more)
Bay Palm Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
0800666543
Located near Omanu Beach, Bay Palm Motel offers self-catering accommodations along with a spacious outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi. It is 1.2 miles away from Mt. Maunganui Golf Course. Set in a modern décor, each apartment has an LCD TV, a fully equipped kitchen and a large seating area equipped with foldout lounge chairs. Bay Palm Motel has a large outdoo... (more)
Baywatch Motor Inn - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
075747744
A 5-minute walk from Pilot Bay and Mount Main Beach, Baywatch Motor Inn offers a beauty parlour, barbecue facilities and an outdoor pool. It provides free Wi-Fi access and free parking. All rooms feature panoramic windows with city views. The air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with electric blankets, soundproofed windows and a flat-screen TV. Each a... (more)
Belle Mer Luxury Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
0800100235
Belle Mer Luxury Apartments offers spacious beachfront accommodation with fantastic sea views. Each apartment includes a kitchen, laundry facilities, bathroom with spa bath, and satellite TV. All apartments at Belle Mer include a fully equipped kitchen with microwave and dishwasher, plus a washing machine and dryer. There are Pacific Ocean views from each... (more)
Blue Haven Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
0800575100
Offering a free shuttle to Tauranga Airport and free parking, Blue Haven Motel is located across the road from the New World Supermarket. Guests receive 100 MB free Wi-Fi per stay. All rooms are equipped with electric blankets, heating and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each has a kitchen or a kitchenette with a refrigerator, a stove and a micr... (more)
Blue Wave Motel Mt Maunganui - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
0800898333
Blue Wave Motel offers spacious comfortable accommodation in a quiet central Mount Maunganui location. It features ground floor units with full cooking facilities and free Wi-Fi internet access. Blue Wave Motel Mt Maunganui is a 3-minute walk to the patrolled surf beach, and walking distance to the golf club, cafes and shops. It is 4 minutes’ drive to Tau... (more)
Boatshed Motel Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
0800555126
Boatshed Motel Apartments offers self-contained accommodation, only 2 minutes’ walk from Mount Maunganui Beach. Most suites have sea views and a private outdoor area with BBQ. Continental breakfast is included for guests staying more than 1 night. Free Wi-Fi and free car parking are provided. All suites at Boatshed Motel Apartments Mount Maunganui feat... (more)
Calais Mount Resort - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
Mt Maunganui, Mt Maunganui
075753805
Calais Mount Resort Luxury Apartments are situated at the foot of Mt Maunganui, on the edge of Mauao Reserve. The self-catering apartments have cable TV and large furnished balconies.All of the spacious apartments at Calais Mount Luxury Resort are comfortably furnished and have CD and DVD players. The private bathrooms are stocked with complimentary amenitie... (more)
Capri on Pilot Bay - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Mt Maunganui
075720600
Capri on Pilot Bay's accommodation is modern, comfortable and situated in the heart of Mount Maunganui...Whether your Mount Maunganui holiday is for business or pleasure, long or short - Capri on Pilot Bay offers modern, comfortable and spacious, self-serviced apartments to suit your Mount Maunganui holiday accommodation needs.Get in early and book your Capr... (more)
Cosy Corner Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
Mt Maunganui, Mt Maunganui
0800684654
Cosy Corner Holiday Park is a Qualmark 4-star Holiday Park at Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. Accommodation available is 60 powered camp sites, 1 standard cabin, 6 kitchen cabins and 4 self-contained units. Facilities include communal kitchen, fridge, freezer, microwave, toilet/shower facilities, laundry, linen hire, TV, swimming pool, games room, cove... (more)
Cutterscove Resort Apartments - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
Mt Maunganui
08008432683
Accommodation: beachfront resort apartment complex with self-contained 2&3brm apartments, all apartments are self-service with fully equipped kitchen & own laundry, Sky TV Guest Select 50+ channels, DVD. Features: smokefree complex, landscaped tropical outdoor area with 25m heated lap pool, heated spa, lagoon pool, covered barbecue area with gas barbecues, s... (more)
Gateway Motor Inn - Accommodation in Mount Maunganui New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Mount Maunganui
0800500428
Gateway Motor Inn is a Qualmark 4-star Motel in Mount Maunganui. It has 17 modern units and guests can choose from 9 studios, 6x1brm and 2x2brm. The Bayfair Shopping Centre, Tauranga Airport and Baypark Sports & Convention Stadium are within 10mins drive from the motel.Mount Maunganui is located in the Bay of Plenty. Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Pools is at the ... (more)
Golden Grove Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
Mt Maunganui
0800782954
Golden Grove Kiwi Holiday Park & Camping Ground is an environmentally friendly, Qualmark 4-star Holiday Park at Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. Accommodation consists of 5 self-contained 2&3 bedroom units, 5 ensuite cabins, 4 kitchen cabins, sleep 2-7; 4 cabins, sleep 2-7, all with TV; fully self-contained 30-bed lodge, tent/power sites and 2 bedroom p... (more)
Mission Belle Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
0800202434
Studio, 1-brm and 2brm family units, some with harbour views, all non-smoking. Kitchenette (in most units), microwave, queen size beds, phone, Free Wi-Fi, SKY Guest Select TV in every room - 50+ channels!, DVD available. Breakfast available, off-street parking. Central location, 100m to shops, restaurants and harbour beach; 300m to ocean beach and hot pools.... (more)
Mount Backpackers - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
075750860
Mount Backpackers is a 2-minute walk from Mount Maunganui Beach and a 10-minute drive from Tauranga Airport. It offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi, BBQ facilities and a shared kitchen.Guests can choose to stay in a lively dormitory room or in the comfort of a private room. Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared. Free towels and tea/coffee are... (more)
Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
08006823224
Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park offers quality accommodation and is situated on both harbour and ocean beaches at the base of the mountain (Mauao) and surrounding Mount Maunganui's famouss hot saltwater pools. It is a Qualmark 4-star plus Holiday Park. It has 7 basic cabins sleep 1-4; 220 power sites. Modern park amenities include: communal park ki... (more)
Mount Maunganui Penthouse Apartment - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
Best location at Mount Maunganui.Fantastic sea and mount views.One Bedroom luxury penthouse apartment, fully self contained.Covered and secure carpark.Sea views from all windows, see the hand gliders circling the mountain top, wirless broadband next door, tourist info centre 10 yards.TWO NIGHT SPECIAL AVAILABLE ON REQUEST... (more)
Ocean Waves Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
0800743019
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from the owners and their family at Ocean Waves Motel & Apartment Complex. Mount Maunganui is the mega surf beach on the Pacific Coast of New Zealand, and our family invite you to share and enjoy our paradise holiday beachfront resort. We offer quality accommodation. Most units have queen-size or king-size beds, are ... (more)
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui 3150 New Zealand
Mt Maunganui 3150
0800466868
Located across the road from Mount Maunganui Beach, the 3-storey Oceanside Resort features 2 heated swimming pools, a sauna and a fitness centre. Each room has a private balcony or patio with mountain or garden views.Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers are just 2 minutes’ walk from Tauranga Harbour and 5 minutes’ walk from central Mount Maunganui. Tauranga Airpor... (more)
Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park - Accommodation in Omokoroa New Zealand
Omokoroa
0508438468
Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park is a Qualmark 4-star Holiday Park in Tauranga. It has tent and caravan sites, 5 standard cabins, 3 deluxe cabins, 2 kitchen cabins, 5 self-contained units and 6 park motels. Tauranga is the principal city of the Bay of Plenty region. It is known for its dynamic waterfront area filled with restaurants and bistros. The region surr... (more)
Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park - Accommodation in Omokoroa New Zealand
Omokoroa
0508438468
Featuring 3 thermal pools and a children’s playground with a slide, this holiday park offers accommodation with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities, 3 minutes’ walk from Omokoroa Beach. Guests can play a game of billiards, relax in the gardens or enjoy a BBQ is the outdoor dining area. Board games, a small library and a 29-inch TV are all available in t... (more)
Pacific Coast Lodge - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
Tauranga
0800666622
Pacific Coast Lodge is 500 metres from the beach and a 5-minute drive from Mount Hot Pool. It offers a fully equipped shared kitchen, barbecue facilities and free on-site parking. Guests enjoy free tea and coffee, free Wi-Fi access and free use of surfboards.Guests can choose to stay in a lively dormitory room or in the comfort of their own private room. Toi... (more)
Pacific Motor Inn - Accommodation in Mount Maunganui New Zealand
Mount Maunganui, Mount Maunganui
0800556699
Pacific Motor Inn is Qualmark 4-star Motel accommodation in Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty. Motel accommodation available includes 17 ground floor studios, twins and suites that are all serviced daily. Facilities include spa bath in most units, Tea/coffee making facilities, microwave, king size beds, mini bar, Sky TV, broadband wireless internet, ceiling fan... (more)
Pavilion Beachfront Luxury Accommodation - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
Main Beach, Mt Maunganui
075720001
Pavilions Boutique Accommodation is located on Mt Maunganui's Main Beach, adjacent to Mauao" and Mount natural hot saltwater pools.We have fully self-contained 1-2-3brm and penthouse luxury apartments, 16 designated non-smoking. All units come with balconies and have either Full Oceanviews or partial Seaviews. The Honeymoon suite has a private spa pool on de... (more)
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    Fri 6 Nov 2020 5:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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