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
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, C... (more)
Atlas Suites and Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.20 332 Reviews
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 p... (more)
Bay Palm Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.20 113 Reviews
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 equ... (more)
Baywatch Motor Inn - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.80 274 Reviews
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 wit... (more)
Belle Mer Luxury Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
9.00 129 Reviews
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, plu... (more)
Blue Haven Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.50 153 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Blue Wave Motel Mt Maunganui - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.10 111 Reviews
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 dis... (more)
Boatshed Motel Apartments - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.20 72 Reviews
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 pro... (more)
Calais Mount Resort - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
8.20 843 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Capri on Pilot Bay - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
9.30 61 Reviews
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... (more)
Cosy Corner Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
8.60 57 Reviews
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/showe... (more)
Cutterscove Resort Apartments - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
9.30 134 Reviews
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... (more)
Gateway Motor Inn - Accommodation in Mount Maunganui New Zealand
7.90 187 Reviews
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 l... (more)
Golden Grove Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
7.80 100 Reviews
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 T... (more)
Mission Belle Motel - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.50 35 Reviews
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 sh... (more)
Mount Backpackers - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.20 27 Reviews
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. Toi... (more)
Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
8.70 31 Reviews
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... (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
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 qua... (more)
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui 3150 New Zealand
8.60 385 Reviews
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 Har... (more)
Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park - Accommodation in Omokoroa New Zealand
9.10 133 Reviews
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 dynami... (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... (more)
Pacific Coast Lodge - Accommodation in Tauranga New Zealand
7.60 110 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Pacific Motor Inn - Accommodation in Mount Maunganui New Zealand
8.30 141 Reviews
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... (more)
Pavilion Beachfront Luxury Accommodation - Accommodation in Mt Maunganui New Zealand
8.90 126 Reviews
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... (more)
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  • Mount Senior Citizens Club, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Wed 13 Feb 2019 6:30PM / Dance Classes
    A family activity for all ages, come on your own or bring a friend just turn up wearing light flat shoes. For fun fitness & friendship, beginners start 13 February 6.30pm to 8.00pm first night free, 3 dollars per ... more
  • Elizabeth St Community Hall, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Tue 22 Jan 2019 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
  • Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 4 Jan 2019 5:00PM / Markets and Fairs
    Live music – irresistible dinners – luscious dessert – tempting snacks – healthy, fresh, home-made fare… all in the idyllic location of Coronation Park, with the Mount as a backdrop. …bring a picnic ... more
  • Papamoa Community Centre, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Tue 26 Feb 2019 7:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Dr. Julie Bhosale, internationally renowned family wellbeing and nutrition expert, 4x published author and speaker, and Cara McNaughton qualified personal trainer specialising in postnatal exercise are holding a special ... more
  • Classic Flyers Conference and Function Centre, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 16 Mar 2019 7:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    The Beat Girls are back following the success of last years event. Join the Rotary Club of Otumoetai for a dancing, swinging great night out raising money for our youth programmes. The theme this year is all about the ... more
  • Bethlehem Hall, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Thu 14 Feb 2019 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, coordination and musicality. Children are encouraged to develop their ... more
  • Trustpower Baypark Speedway, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 2 Mar 2019 6:30PM / Motorsport
    Always one of our most popular events is the Demolition Ramp Derby. The rules have changed for this event. The winner will be the car that jumps the ramp ( with all 4 wheels) 10 times will win the $2000.00. There will be ... more
  • Our Place, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 23 Mar 2019 10:00AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Tauranga is set to celebrate another New Zealand first as the City prepares to host the Biggest Food Rescue Festival in the country. A celebration of rescued food and our community, there will be competitive cook-offs ... more
  • Vinyl Destination, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 8 Mar 2019 8:00PM / Pop
    A celebration of International Womens Day and the release of The Better Better Song. more
  • South Pacific Bible College, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 15 Mar 2019 7:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    The Untold Story of Acts: A New Call to Authentic Citizenship Intensely practical, yet brimming with expert insight, this seminar series presents the Book of Acts as you’ve never seen it before. Come to one or both ... more
  • Shed 1, Trustpower Baypark, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Wed 13 Feb 2019 9:30AM / Gymnastics
    Wee Sprouts - Children aged approximately 1 -2 years (From walking until jumping) Loaded with fun and laughter, our classes run by professional instructors, help lay the building blocks of your child's future and keep ... more
  • Shed 1, Trustpower Baypark, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Wed 13 Feb 2019 10:30AM / Gymnastics
    Teeny Weeny Sprouts - Children aged 6 months to approximately 1 year (until walking) Loaded with fun and laughter, our classes run by professional instructors, help lay the building blocks of your child's future and ... more
  • Trustpower Baypark Speedway, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 9 Mar 2019 6:30PM / Motorsport
    The North Islands best Midget drivers come to Baypark to compete for the North Island Champions Title. Other classes racing are: - Sprint Cars - Super Saloons - Stock Cars - Mini Stocks Gates open at 5.00pm ... more
  • Trustpower Baypark Arena, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Thu 7 Mar 2019 6:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Is your fridge bursting at the seams? Are you filling your compost bin quickly? Are your chickens fat? Perhaps you are wasting food. At this educational masterclass, learn lots about what Kiwi’s waste and how we can ... more
  • Shed 1, Trustpower Baypark, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Thu 7 Feb 2019 9:30AM / Gymnastics
    Babies 6 months to ~1 year (until walking) Class Wednesday 1030 am or Thursday 0930 am Toddlers 1 -2 years (From walking until jumping) Class Wednesday 0930 am or Thursday 1030 am Loaded with fun and ... more
  • Shed 1, Trustpower Baypark, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Thu 7 Feb 2019 10:30AM / Gymnastics
    Wee Sprouts - Children aged approximately 1 -2 years (From walking until jumping) Loaded with fun and laughter, our classes run by professional instructors, help lay the building blocks of your child's future and keep ... more
  • The Incubator, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 22 Mar 2019 8:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Stretch has a passion in his performance that sets shows alight. From dark-hearted ballads to roof-raising choruses, his songs are a bittersweet blend of folk, soul and rock’n’roll. Having sold out concerts at ... more
  • Bethlehem Birthing Centre, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Tue 5 Mar 2019 6:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Attend Kate Mead’s longest-running and most popular workshop to become inspired and entertained about ways you can minimize waste in your home whilst babies are around! What else? You will receive a free pack full ... more
  • Tauranga Racecourse, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 2 Mar 2019 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! Welcome to Season 4 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for ... more
  • St George's Anglican Church, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 15 Mar 2019 6:30PM / Charity, Fundraisers
    The Anglican Parish of Gate Pa bring you an entertaining evening with Stephen and Tommy (Kapai) Wilson. There will be stories, a cooking demo, occasional bursts of song, supper, complimentary drinks, all laced with lots ... more
  • Western Ave Reserve, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 2 Mar 2019 3:30PM / Rock
    The Omokoroa Sports and Recreation Society was established in 1995 to promote, foster and maintain a Society for the promotion and encouragement of amateur sport, recreation, art, cultural and leisure activities in the ... more
  • Tauranga Racecourse, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 9 Mar 2019 1:00PM / Education
    Get your tickets to come along to Tauranga City Councils 2-hour interactive workshop to learn the art of worm farming. Take home your own worm farm bin, worms, lime and compost so you can get started straight away. ... more
  • Takapoto Estate, Cambridge, Waipa
    Thu 21 Feb 2019 8:30AM / Equestrian
    Takapoto Estate Show Jumping is a 2-week event for all ages showcasing the best of New Zealand's riders in an incredible facility backing onto Lake Karapiro. The event aims to bring a taste of European show jumping to ... more
  • The Plaza, Putaruru, South Waikato
    Sun 24 Feb 2019 7:30PM / Comedy
    Michele A’Court and Jeremy Elwood have been performing comedy around the country – and around the globe – for over 20 years. Regular guests on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel, they also feature on TV shows such ... more
  • Katikati College, Katikati, Bay of Plenty
    Wed 6 Mar 2019 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Prepare to be inspired, become motivated, and take control of your household’s impact on our future. Get lots of exciting and inspirational education around ways you can minimize waste at home. Note: This workshop ... more
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