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
8.80 144 Reviews
Mt Maunganui
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, C... (more)
Atlas Suites and Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.20 332 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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 p... (more)
Bay Palm Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.20 113 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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 equ... (more)
Baywatch Motor Inn - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.80 274 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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 wit... (more)
Belle Mer Luxury Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
9.00 129 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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, plu... (more)
Blue Haven Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.50 153 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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 ... (more)
Blue Wave Motel Mt Maunganui - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.10 111 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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 dis... (more)
Boatshed Motel Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.20 72 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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 pro... (more)
Calais Mount Resort - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
8.20 843 Reviews
Mt Maunganui, Mt Maunganui
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 ... (more)
Capri on Pilot Bay - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
9.30 61 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Mt Maunganui
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... (more)
Cosy Corner Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
8.60 57 Reviews
Mt Maunganui, Mt Maunganui
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/showe... (more)
Cutterscove Resort Apartments - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
9.30 134 Reviews
Mt Maunganui
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... (more)
Gateway Motor Inn - Accommodation in Mount Maunganui New Zealand
7.90 187 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Mount Maunganui
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 l... (more)
Golden Grove Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
7.80 100 Reviews
Mt Maunganui
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 T... (more)
Mission Belle Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.50 35 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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 sh... (more)
Mount Backpackers - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.20 27 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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. Toi... (more)
Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.70 31 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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... (more)
Mount Maunganui Penthouse Apartment - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
9.30 11 Reviews
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 N... (more)
Ocean Waves Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
6.30 34 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
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 qua... (more)
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui 3150 New Zealand
8.60 385 Reviews
Mt Maunganui 3150
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 Har... (more)
Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park - Accommodation in Omokoroa New Zealand
9.10 133 Reviews
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 dynami... (more)
Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park - Accommodation in Omokoroa New Zealand
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... (more)
Pacific Coast Lodge - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
7.60 110 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Pacific Motor Inn - Accommodation in Mount Maunganui New Zealand
8.30 141 Reviews
Mount Maunganui, Mount Maunganui
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... (more)
Pavilion Beachfront Luxury Accommodation - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
8.90 126 Reviews
Main Beach, Mt Maunganui
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... (more)
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    Sun 21 Oct 2018 5:00PM / Electronica
    Dueller Society presents “Sea Sessions 2.0” Join us on Labour Weekend 21st October 2018, as we commandeer the Bay Explorer vessel. We will cruise the Tauranga harbour and enjoy views of the harbour, Mount ... more
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    Fri 12 Oct 2018 9:30AM / Social & Political History
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    Sun 21 Oct 2018 1:00PM / Country
    The 42nd Annual Country Music Star Awards Premier Final Show - starring Glen Moffat - back from Australia singing his famous hit - Somewhere in NZ tonight! Listen for the adverts on The Breeze from October 12th. Great ... more
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    Fri 19 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Festivals
    Labour Weekend (19th – 22nd October 2018) sees some of New Zealand's top latin dance teachers and performers from all around the country coming together in Tauranga to take part in the 12 Annual Bay Salsa ... more
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    Mon 16 Jul 2018 6:00PM / Education
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  • Totara St, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 26 Oct 2018 7:30PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Caitriona Fallon's last Totara Street Show was sold out and this year's new show is sure to be as popular. Caitriona is a singer songwriter from Ireland who toured the world for four years as the lead singer of ... more
  • Tauranga Boys College, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Wed 24 Oct 2018 7:00PM / Film
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  • Matua Hall, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Thu 18 Oct 2018 7:30PM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    Beginners welcome. Drums Provided. Freshly back from his tour of Ghana Africa, Come and share some of the gems gathered from Nathans time studying with the Griots (traditional holders of musical knowledge) in Africa. ... more
  • Totara St, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 2 Nov 2018 8:00PM / Rock
    Two of New Zealand’s best kept rock n roll secrets, His Master’s Voice – The Devils Blues & Cordian join forces to preach to the converted and win over the unanointed this November! His Master’s Voice slayed ... more
  • Bethlehem Hall, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Wed 7 Feb 2018 3:30PM / Ballet
    This is a great introduction to ballet! The class has an emphasis on fun while learning the basics. It is also designed to assist body awareness, co-ordination and musicality. Children are encouraged to develop their ... more
  • Bethlehem Hall, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Wed 7 Mar 2018 4:00PM / Ballet
    This is another fun ballet class for children who are 5 to 6years upwards. The level is a little more challenging than the Beginners class but still with all the elements and wonderful benefits of classical ballet ... more
  • ASB Arena at Baypark, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Thu 25 Oct 2018 7:30PM / Variety Concerts
    Welcome to Kids for Kids! Kids for Kids is back for 2018! We’re really excited to be bringing you a new show jam-packed with 100% Kiwi-loved songs, fronted by iconic Kiwi entertainer Jackie Clarke and musician ... more
  • Restaurant Cafe Versailles, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 1:30PM / Mind & Body
    HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra that can uplift your life. Singing HU provides a sense of calm, strength, and centeredness. Come and experience chanting HU and enjoy spiritual conversation with others of like ... more
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    Sat 27 Oct 2018 10:00AM / Lifestyle Shows, Expos
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    Sat 3 Nov 2018 2:00PM / Musicals
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  • Elizabeth St Community Hall, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Tue 7 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Dance Classes
    Join Salsa Agua. Tauranga’s only Cuban-based Salsa school – it’s heaps of fun. Our amazing instructors will have you moving like you never thought you would be able to. Dancing is a great way to meet people and ... more
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    Thu 1 Nov 2018 7:30PM / Rock
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    Sat 10 Nov 2018 8:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
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    Fri 2 Nov 2018 7:00PM / Comedy
    Please note this listing is for Christmas season (November & December) For winter season (July & August) please visit earlier listing. For group reservations of over 20 guests wishing to be sat together please call ... more
  • Waipuna Hospice, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 26 Oct 2018 9:00AM / Education
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    Sun 11 Nov 2018 10:45AM / Commemorations, Ceremonies
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  • ASB Arena at Baypark, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 2 Nov 2018 10:00AM / Boating
    Tauranga's new format fishing and boat show, for everything on, in and under the water. Including boats, jet skis, kayaks, dive equipment, fishing tackle, paddle boards, surfboards, spearfishing, trailers, outboard, ... more
  • ASB Stadium at Baypark, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 3 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Motorsport
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    Thu 15 Nov 2018 8:00AM / Business & Professional
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    Tue 30 Oct 2018 5:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Changes to Trust Law are coming. By Henry Stokes, General Counsel - Retail, Public Trust If you’re the settlor or trustee of a trust, or if you’re thinking of getting one, this seminar will help you understand ... more
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