Mount Maunganui Beach is Where it All Happens
If the beach is your passion then Mount Maunganui is your El Dorado. The pristine sands here have long been a Mecca for holidaymakers.
As a main centre for summertime activities, 'The Mount' hosts everything from surf lifesaving events to beach volleyball, parasailing, sandcastle building and surfing contests. Surf lifesaving guards assist safe swimming in the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
The mountain of Mt Maunganui, also known to the local Maori people as Mauao, is shrouded in legend and history.
Mauao is the dominant geological feature of the Tauranga District, with its conical rocky outline rising 232 metres above sea level.
Mauao has been of great importance to local Maori for more than six centuries as a place of occupation and later as a refuge for defence. Evidence of this is still visible today.
The gently undulating track around the base of Mt Maunganui winds from the ocean to the harbour. Tracks also lead to the summit for some of the best ocean and city views anywhere.