Known for its pristine white beaches, Mount Maunganui is a beach town located to the North of Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region. p | Mount Maunganui is best known for its extinct volcanic Mountain (Mauao), otherwise known as ‘the Mount’, which stands at 232m high and is a dominant focal point of the township. Walking up or around the Mount is a must do for everyone visiting and provides stunning views of the surrounding area on a clear day.
The Mount is one of the most popular tourist destination in NZ and attracts a large number of people who enjoy the relaxed beach lifestyle. The main beach which lies between the base of the Mount and Leisure Island is perhaps the most popular place to swim and has trained lifeguards on hand from mid December through to early February from 10am until 5pm. After a swim go and check out the fine array of cafes and businesses the Mount has to offer.
The Mount is also a very popular surfing destination and is most consistent between the months of January to April. The most popular area to surf at the Mount is referred to as ‘The Coast’, which is the stretch of beach that runs from Banks ave down to Omanu. You can find a number of good breaks along this stretch depending on the sand banks at the time. If you are unfamiliar with surfing you can find one of the surf schools located on the main beach.