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Mount Maunganui Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 158 photos

Mount Maunganui is another of New Zealand's many volcanoes. Commonly referred to by locals as "The Mount" it is a very popular spot, and is a prominent landmark of the region.
Known as "Mauao" which translates as 'Caught by the dawn', it stands 232metres ASL. There are walking tracks both around the Mount and to the summit. From there you have wonderful views of the Bay of Plenty islands and both up and down the coast. On a clear day, you can see the plume of smoke from the active volcano, White Island.
The Mount has a small central shopping precinct, on the main inland street, as well as caf├ęs and surf shops along the ocean beach frontage.
The harbour side provides safe and pleasant swimming for children, and the ocean side has a very popular and good surf beach.
Fires over past years have been a problem and native plant growth is being encouraged to protect the mountain. As you see the growth has a "cloak" appearance and the sheep keep the lower slopes free, to prevent fires and to keep archaelogical sites clear.

Aerial over the Mount

Here you can see the isthmus that forms the town of Mt Maunganui and the lovely long beach with the coastal surf. The protected harbour side has lovely calm, safe beaches and is great for kids and activities such as learning to ride a sailboard.
East from Mt Maungaui beach, the next stop is South America!!! so beware surfers!!! It's a long way away......
I was fortunate enough to go flying in a warbird, thats how I took this photo.



Some apartments, those adorable Norfolk Pine trees, the lovely beach and the lava rocks at the base of Mt Maunganui.
The town of Mt Mauganui has a permanent population of around 18,000 however during summer months this increases a lot.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The beach, the People, the Mountain, the Ocean.
  • Cons:Not enough space for the people in summer.
  • In a nutshell:A volcano, a surf beach, harbour beach and some metropolis.
  • Last visit to Mount Maunganui: Mar 2012
  • Intro Updated Mar 18, 2012
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed your page here and beautiful pictures Pam!! :o) That camping ground near the hotpools (especially at night) looks sooo inviting!! Enjoyed the read mate. Lotsaluv xx PS...Howie says hello too xx

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    I need another trip to NZ.

  • Foxxy_Red's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    OMG, loved it, loved it, Kiwichick. The beachwear shop sounds nice. Thank you for your tips and photos. Where do you find time to do it all?

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Frank finally realized I topped him. He's blaming it on his mouse! Oy!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2007 at 2:52 AM

    Can't ride the sheep?? well I guess half the funs gone already! hahaha! otherwise great page!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:46 AM

    The view from the top looks fantastic. ;-)

  • worldkiwi's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2005 at 12:27 AM

    A great spot for a long weekend... mmmmaybe this summer??? Thanks for the ideas!

  • frankcanfly's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2005 at 3:19 PM

    Where are the girls?

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2005 at 2:53 AM

    Beautiful little page.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2003 at 8:27 AM

    Never been here myself but wilder friends would talk about New Years Eve at the Mount.

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