Mount Maunganui Travel Guide

  • Mount Maunganui
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  • Mount Maunganui
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    Looking towards the North West
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Mount Maunganui Things to Do

  • Climb the mount

    One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

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  • Saltwater Hotpools

    Hot Saltwater Pools I love to go here, especially at night, and soak in the naturally heated salt water pools. Set outdoors with lovely furns overhanging and of course the dominant presence of Mt Maunganui looming above, it's a really enjoyable experience. For people staying in either the apartments or the campground the pools are merely a few...

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  • Walk up the Mount

    One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

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  • If you are on a cruise ship

    When you visit Mt Maunganui by cruise ship and have a day in port, you will be offered tours to various locations a few hours' drive away.These will of course be interesting, and I recommend going. But if you feel like staying local and taking a short walk, Mt Maunganui is a great place to visit. You don't have to walk up the mountain, but if you...

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  • Soak in the natural hotpools

    Hot Saltwater PoolsI love to go here, especially at night, and soak in the naturally heated salt water pools. Set outdoors with lovely furns overhanging and of course the dominant presence of Mt Maunganui looming above, it's a really enjoyable experience. For people staying in either the apartments or the campground the pools are merely a few steps...

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  • Tracks up the Mount

    There are also other routes for those that are afraid of heights which avoid the steep drops.. If you follow the 4x4 track it will also take you to the top, it is a steep climb but you miss the narrowness of the other tracks. I took this one going up and took the narrow steps down. You can get to it if you start on the Harbour side and follow the...

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  • Climb Mt Maunganui or do the base walk

    We did the climb walk to the top of the Volcano, however I didn't make it all of the way, as it was quite windy and the track was very narrow indeed in places....however if you're not afraid of heights and of looking directly down the cliff at the sea, I'm sure you'd enjoy it as the view from the top is spectacular.

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  • Mount climbing

    Its a testing climb or walk around but very rewarding, when youve done visit the hot salt water pools for $13 for a family of four, then pop over to the Ice cream shop. Its such a treat !

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  • Walk around the Base of the Mount.

    One option is to walk the Base track of the Mount. this takes about 45 minutes, but hopefully you will have time to spend longer here. The track is wide and mostly flat, and has a variety of views ranging from the harbour round to the Ocean. In the photo you can see The Mall on the harbour side. This is looking over Pilot Bay. Plan to take a small...

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Mount Maunganui Hotels

  • Harbour City Motor Inn

    50 Wharf Street, Tauranga, 3110, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers

    This complex consists of 60 luxurious units with lift access. The Motor Lodge has spacious studio...

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  • The Atrium

    23 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Mount Maunganui Restaurants

  • Delightful dining

    A new comer to the area, in 2012, this is a delightful addition to the Mount dining options. We were a group of eight and enjoyed sitting on a large round table so we could interact with everyone. We were near the fireplace, being summer it was not going. Before dinner we enjoyed a drink near the street, and the general feeling was one of happiness...

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  • The Cabana Cafe

    A typical kiwi pavement cafe, the Cabana Cafe is on the seafront, overlooking the beach and the ocean. All day breakfasts a speciality, a good coffee menu, and a perfect spot to indulge in one of my favourite pasttimes, people watching!One of the things I love about living in New Zealand is the way it has thoroughly embraced pavement cafe culture...

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  • Open on Mondays too.

    The food was really nice, and a wide selection to choose from. Breakfast menu still on at 2pm. It seems very popular for kiwis to eat from a breakfast menu during the afternoon.What we found handy was that this café still had it's kitchen open, even on a Monday. A lot of eating houses close Mondays, or at least the kitchen closes, as they are open...

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  • Popular dining

    Colourful and aromatic dishes are proudly displayed in the counter showcase and all are prepared fresh daily and most of all are authentically Turkish.

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  • Eat Turkish

    A fantastic and relatively new cafe in Mount Maunganui with harbourside viewsVery inexpensiveFabulous choicesHomemade freshly baked on site Turkish breads, with variety of tapenades and dips, pita breads, kebabs, mousakkas ........delicious Borec..layers of filo pastry with feta cheese, tomato, spring onions, fresh herbs served with salad...

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  • Cafe--Restaurant--Bar

    Excellent atmosphere, al fresco dining, or fine dining MainsBeer Battered Terakihi Fillets, Caper Aioli, Fries & Lemon $18.00Grilled Garlic Prawns with Chilli Watermelon, Rice & Cashew Nut Satay $26.00Pork Chop stuffed with Roasted Peach with Golden Kumara, Watercress, Ginger Salad & Mustard Seed Cream $27.00Salmon Fillet wrapped in Prosciutto...

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Mount Maunganui Transportation

  • Not everywhere has a port for cruise...

    You can call at Mt Maunganui while on a sea cruise. Here we see the ship "Legend of the Seas", on which vt member "seagoingjlw" and her husband arrived.The great thing about the port here is that it is walking distance from the main shopping area. You won't find a mall or large department stores, but it's pleasant all the same. You are also walking...

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  • Rent a Car!

    Sarah and I ventured out on our trip to enjoy the Mount Maunganui by renting a vehicle from Europcar in Auckland's CBD. It ended up saving us quite a bit of money not to rent from the airport location, because it was 10-15 NZD per day less than what we had quoted over the internet.We drove from Auckland to the Coromandel Pennisula, then down to Mt....

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  • Harbour Cruise Ferry

    This is the Ferry which sails each 45 minutes across the Tauranga Harbour and return from Mount Maunganui

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Mount Maunganui Shopping

  • Always find a good buy here!

    A fresh modern and well priced clothing store for women and young ladies.Nice fresh beach wear with appealing designs and colours. Quality and modern beach type clothes in appealing styles. Swim suits are a specialty in Beach Hut.Summer and sometimes winter clothes here for most ages of ladies, with a variety of colourful items. Not overpriced,...

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  • Over one hundred shops

    Monday - Wednesday 9am - 6pmThursday & Friday 9am - 9pmSaturday 9am - 6pm with Lotto open till 7pmSunday 9am - 5pm

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  • Mount Maunganui Hotels

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Mount Maunganui Local Customs

  • Climbing Mount Maunganui

    Climbing Mount Maunganui is a fantastic experiance which will take you around 30 minutes to reach the summit. The tracks are wide and user friendly, please be sure to keep left when climbing or decending. Enjoy a picnic at the top (picnic tables are on the summit) or keep strolling down. I reccomend taking the track that is labled 'hard' over the...

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  • Mauao

    "MAUAO" - which means -"caught by the light of the dawn"Mauao or Mount Maunganui situated in the eastern entrance of Tauranga Harbour. It is the most sacred landmark in the Tauranga area and has significant historical value. Mauao was once an extensive settlement which covered 100 acres.

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Mount Maunganui Warnings and Dangers

  • Be sure not to disturb the sheep.

    Part of the lower slopes of the Mount are run as an operational sheep farm. Around the months of July - Dec it's likely you will come across lambs of varying ages. Of course they are cute and cuddly, usually running with their mothers who are equally as cute and cuddly. However you must keep your distance and maintain respect. Obviously these...

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  • Beware of Poison

    From time to time, poison is laid to control the rabbit population on the mountain. Signs are always erected to indicate this danger. So beware and be sure to supervise children at all times. Don't handle anything you are unsure of .

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  • Please don't walk in the enclosed areas

    At various intervals and locations along the ocean beach, there are small enclosures where native grasses have been planted to help stop erosion of the beach. Please keep out of these areas to allow the grasses to take hold and do their job. They are clearly marked so it should be no problem identifying them.

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Mount Maunganui What to Pack

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    by ATXtraveler Written Aug 5, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Mount Maunganui is located on the North Island of New Zealand and therefore your bag will need to contain fairly warm clothes for a July trip.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was comfortable in a windbreaker and jeans. Since I did do quite a bit of hiking, I may recommend a more athletic type attire for Mt. Maunganui specifically, but the city is very casual.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Readily available throughout Mt. Maunganui.

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Mount Maunganui Off The Beaten Path

  • Get a picture of the pohutukawa

    This new zealand Christmas tree blossoms after late November its so beautiful, flowers on the north island by the coast. This one was by the mount

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  • Walking

    Great for families or anyone who enjoys a good stroll with stunning scenery which changes in every turn you take.

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  • Go for a walk

    Lovely scenic spots all around the base of the MOUNT. Flat walking track ideal for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

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Mount Maunganui Favorites

  • Great View from the Summit

    The Summit of Mt Maunganui is a great place for 360deg views. On a clear day you can see forever. Northwest towards Coromandel, SE towards Whakatane and East Cape, West towards the Kaimai Range and East towards South America and Chile!! This photo shows the view towards the West, showing the forest covered Matakana Island, the smaller Rangiwaea...

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  • The old and the New

    This community has been a favourite holiday spot for varying New Zealanders, for years. Many families owned holiday cottages here in prime spots. This is one of the last examples of these, set right at the base of the Mount between the harbour and the ocean. Slowly the family ownership has moved to commercial as the big money has been offered.Right...

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  • A port for all types.

    Mount Maunganui has a multi purpose port, catering for cruise ships, and cargo ships as well as a very nice marina for sailboats and launches. Nice restaurants at the marina as well, with interesting people rambling around.The Marina is not really walking distance from the central part of town, although it is closer to a mall, "Bayfair", than the...

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Explore Deeper into Mount Maunganui
No Dogs or Bikes Allowed
Warnings and Dangers
Climb to the Summit
Things to Do
Viewing from the summit.
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Steep sides - take care!
Warnings and Dangers
The Saltwater Hot Pools
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Climb the mount - of course!!
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Take a Hike!
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Start at the Visitors Center
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Pilot Bay
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Hike the volcano
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Surf and sand
Favorites
Gather shells.
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Ferry
Transportation
Fantastic scenery
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Map of Mount Maunganui

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