Sightseeing Around Mount Maunganui

Whatever the time of year, Mount Maunganui offers a laid-back café scene, exquisite dining, interesting craft and souvenir shops as well as a spectacular beach and harbour.


The Mount
The Mount, or Mauao as the volcano is also known, is home to a variety of native birds and covered in a mix of bush, grasslands and grazing sheep. Historically it was a logical pa site, with its natural advantages added to by a narrow pass which served as the summit’s only means of access.

Today, visitors and locals enjoy walking the base track or hiking to the summit of Mount Maunganui. The base walking track is one of the most popular attractions of this beautiful peninsula.  It offers superb scenery of the inner harbour and busy port,  the main harbour entrance, small rocky bays that are good for snorkelling as well as the ocean and main Mount Maunganui beach. 

The base track, about 3km long, is relatively gentle and usable for most fitness levels, taking about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. There is also plenty of time to view the spectacular scenery with picnic chairs and tables at various points along the track.

A hike to the summit, approximately 232 metres, of Mount Maunganui is more suitable for those whose fitness levels are average or above. The view from the top is spectacular, offering superb views of surrounding islands, and the Mount beaches and harbour. This hike takes approximately 1 ½ hours to complete, however, this will vary depending on which track you take and your fitness level.


Mount Hot Saltwater Pools
Take some time to relax at the famous Mount Hot Saltwater Pools - located directly across the road from your Mount Maunganui hotel accommodation at Oceanside Resort. The hot pools are renowned for their relaxing properties and are designed for the whole family to enjoy. The modern complex includes a tepid lap pool, hot passive pool, aqua jet spa pools and private pools all warmed to 39 degrees Celcius.

The active pool and children's pool are heated to 32 degrees. Other activities include sunbed, refreshments, and fully qualified masseuse available.

Tariff (non-resident) - subject to change:

Adult  $10.20 
Senior  $7.70 
Child  $7.70 
Child (2-4 years)  $5.40 
Under 2 years  FREE 
Spectator  $1.60 
Family Pass  $30.00 
Concessions are available.


The Beach
Mount Maunganui is one of the most popular Bay of Plenty beaches.  The small town’s population increases dramatically over the Christmas and New Year holiday season, with visitors flocking to a variety of beach side festivals, concerts, and sporting events.  For visitors wanting to relax, this sweeping beach, with its small bays, also provides plenty of space for sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling.


Moturiki Island - Leisure Island
Located just off Mt Maunganui's stunning surf beach, Moturiki Island was once the site of an aquarium.  The former Leisure Island has now reverted back to its wild state, with a little help from the community, Environment BOP and the Tauranga District Council.

The tiny island, joined to the shore by a manmade walkway, offers a good track for those whose fitness levels are not that high. At its summit your effort is rewarded by superb views over the Pacific Ocean and offshore islands.

You can fish from the rocks and it is a good vantage point for those wishing to watch some of the many ocean-going events held off the coast each summer, from the ocean jet boat racing to action from the surf life saving championships.


Great New Zealand Touring Route
Travel with confidence on the Pacific Coast Highway and the Thermal Explorer Highway. These well sign-posted highways (signs every 14 kilometres) clearly indicate you are on path and heading in the right direction to your next destination. With the magnificent array of scenery on the routes, your journey is bound to have an impressive impact whether you travel on the Pacific Coast Highway or the Thermal Explorer Highway.


Click here to read more about your Mount Maunganui apartment and hotel accommodation at Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers.

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