A laid-back beach town at the southern end of Tauranga Harbour, Mount Maunganui boasts a lively array of cafes, restaurants, and shops. You can enjoy outdoor adventures, such as deep-sea fishing and dolphin tours, or relax at one of New Zealand’s most picturesque beaches.
Things to do in Mount Maunganui
Swim, surf or snorkel at Mount Maunganui Beach, which is consistently referred to as New Zealand’s best beach due to its endless white-sand and surf. Hike up to Mount Maunganui, rising 230 meters above sea level, and marvel at the stunning Bay of Plenty and Pacific Ocean views from the summit track.
Stroll across the road and enjoy a meal at one of the beachside cafes, then explore Mount Maunganui’s main street dotted with high-end fashion boutiques, fine-art galleries, and gift stores. You can also visit the Gourmet Night Market to indulge in fresh produce from local farms.
Drive to Tauranga to see its vibrant street art, then admire the historical and contemporary art in the Tauranga Art Gallery. The kids will love the giant waterfront playground, which features climbing structures, water games, and swings.
When you need a break, visit the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools, which are nestled at the base of Mauao. Soak in the warm healing waters that help relieve aches and pains while the kids play in the children’s pool and slide area. You can also enjoy a picnic at Tauranga’s harbor and watch cruise ships sail into Pilot Bay.
Getting around Mount Maunganui
Mount Maunganui is accessed via Tauranga Airport, which has flights from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. It’s a one-hour drive from Rotorua and buses travel from various North Island cities. The city is easily explored on foot or by bus, while a car is needed to travel further afield.