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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, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$160 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Situated near the beach, 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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,085 reviews)
"The Calais Mount Resort is located in an ideal position next to the mountain opposite the hot pools. The room was well equipped, clean and tidy although the decor is starting to look a little dated. Surprisingly there was no information pack in the room or offered at reception. I am not sure if WiFi ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Calais Mount Resort
The Pacific Apartments
The Pacific Apartments
4 out of 5
8 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$219 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Maunganui Beach are also within 5 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (380 reviews)
"Amazing view of harbour. Such fun to watch all the ships come and go. Very spacious well equipped modern apartment. Friendly staff. Nice hot spa pool and great location - so close to everything. Only wish we could have stayed longer!"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2021

The Pacific Apartments
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$167 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.1 mi (11.4 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (716 reviews)
"Great Kitchen, easy walk to the shops, the staff were lovely."

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2021

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$188 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Situated in Mount Maunganui, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Pilot Bay ...
4.3/5Excellent! (292 reviews)
"Ocean view, overall great presentation, very clean, easy access, handy to beach, shops and hot pools all within walking distance, fully recommend"

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

The Atrium Apartments
Capri On Pilot Bay
Capri On Pilot Bay
4 out of 5
5 The Mall Street, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$199 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (194 reviews)
"The unit was very spacious with good views from upstairs. Good outdoor areas too."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Capri On Pilot Bay
Atlas Suites And Apartments
Atlas Suites And Apartments
3.5 out of 5
49 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$179 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Maunganui Beach and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Mount Maunganui. Maunganui Beach and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (317 reviews)
"Great place to stay in the heart of the Mount. Modern and clean. Bonus: Friendly and helpful reception team."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2021

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