Mount Maunganui

Tauranga
Mount Maunganui showing a city, a coastal town and a sunset

Take in the views from this mighty volcanic cone, relax on a beach, go for a surf, dine out or indulge in some retail therapy in the Bay of Plenty.

Mount Maunganui is a town on a sand spit leading out to the volcanic cone that gives the area its name. One side of the cone faces the open ocean while the other side overlooks Tauranga Harbour and its bay.

Take a walk around the base of “The Mount,” as the locals call the cone, to take in the Bay of Plenty’s stunning coastal scenery. Gaze down to see waves crash over the rocks or up to see sheep grazing serenely on the slopes. Listen for the enchanting song of the tūi bird as it flits between trees.

Grab your sunglasses and head to the beach. Due to the shape of Mount Maunganui, you can enjoy an iconic surf beach on one side and a tranquil bayside beach on the other. The waves of Main Beach are hugely popular with surfers from all over the country.

Get a feel for Māori legend with a climb up Mount Maunganui, which is also known as Mauao. Mauao means “caught by the morning sun,” and, because the mountain rises up to 761 feet (232 meters), it is one of the first places in the world to welcome the new day. Follow one of the tracks to the summit, which is the site of a former Māori pā (fort). The summit rewards you with 360-degree views across the ocean and land.

Have an alfresco meal at one of the many cafés and restaurants with beach views. Browse the wide range of galleries, boutiques and shops for that special souvenir. This part of Tauranga has a lively nightlife and in the summer months you can browse the bustling Gourmet Night Markets.

Relax with a visit to the Hot Salt Water Pools located just at the base of Mauao. There are different naturally heated pools to choose from for a long soak.

Mount Maunganui is connected by bridge to the city of Tauranga, which is some 3 hours from Auckland by car. Whether you relax in one of its hot springs, laze on a sandy beach or be mesmerized by Mauao’s vistas, it is easy to unwind in Mount Maunganui.


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Top hotels in Mount Maunganui

Calais Mount Resort
Calais Mount Resort
4 out of 5
6 Adams Avenue, Tauranga
The price is NZ$150 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Mount Maunganui, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Mount Maunganui. Blake Park and The Elms Mission House are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,102 reviews)
"Nice and simple check in, and a great locaation and great rooms"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

Calais Mount Resort
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$189 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.2 mi (11.5 km) away.
4.1/5 Very Good! (729 reviews)
"The property is in a prime location in Mt Maunganui."

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$209 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Located in Mount Maunganui, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Maunganui ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (312 reviews)
"As the apartments aren't serviced it would have been good to have been provided with more tea and coffee."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

The Atrium Apartments
Belle Mer Beach Front Apartments
Belle Mer Beach Front Apartments
4 out of 5
53 Marine Parade, Tauranga
The price is NZ$269 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Mount Maunganui apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Maunganui Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mount Maunganui. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (124 reviews)
"Clean tidy and comfortable apartment with everything you need. Walking distance to many eateries. Great location. Would stay there again."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Belle Mer Beach Front Apartments
The Pacific Apartments
The Pacific Apartments
4 out of 5
8 Maunganui Rd, Tauranga
The price is NZ$220 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Mount Maunganui, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Maunganui Beach are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (394 reviews)
Amazing amazing amazing!
"Room and view was amazing! Will definitely be back. Wish we could of stayed longer. Didn’t want to leave! Thank you!"

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 2021

The Pacific Apartments
Capri On Pilot Bay
Capri On Pilot Bay
4 out of 5
5 The Mall Street, Tauranga
The price is NZ$200 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pilot Bay Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Hot ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (204 reviews)
"We have stayed at this property a few times now and it is always consistent in quality with good comms surrounding check in etc. Location is close to most places you'd want."

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2021

Capri On Pilot Bay
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