Mount Maunganui has been a holiday hot spot for decades of Kiwis. If you’re a lover of sun, sand and surf you just can’t beat Mount Maunganui beaches. Spend long lazy days relaxing on the beach under bright blue skies, picnicking at one of the quiet beaches around the base of Mount Maunganui, having a BBQ ocean-side as you watch the sun set, catching the perfect wave, splashing about in the shallows, chatting over coffee in a street café as you people-watch or digging your toes into the glittering golden sand with your head into a good book.
The ‘main’ Mount beach is the place to be, a safe stretch of surf beach that is flanked by massive Mount Maunganui herself on the northern end, and Leisure Island to the south. Take a short walk onto Leisure Island to see the beach from a bird’s eye view and walk to the point to see ‘The Blowhole’ – where the Pacific Ocean comes crashing into a cavern in the cliff, sending saltwater jets high into the air.
The coastline stretches uninterrupted for 15kms, so if the main Mount beach is packed out with sun-seekers, and you prefer some more space, you can always find a quiet spot along the coast and really spread out the picnic blanket, umbrellas and beach gear!
A 3 minute walk ‘inland’ from the Mount beach, and you’re in a serene harbour bay – Pilot Bay! Hire and kayak and explore the harbour, or just enjoy swimming in calm waters and taking a break from the shade under one of the huge Norfolk Pine trees that line this lovely bay.
Seperating the surf beach and the harbour, is the sacred Mount Maunganui. Tracks around the base provide an easy, picturesque walk, and during sunset you can even see New Zealand penguins resting on large boulders.
Rock pools abound at the base of the Mount, with plenty of sea life and sea shells that kids and big kids alike enjoy exploring! Keen fishermen are rewarded with a good catch from surfcasting or rockfishing here.
If you’ve got a little more energy, try climbing to the summit of Mount Maunganui. It’s a real workout to get up to 232 metres, but the panoramic views are worth the puff and sweat. You can almost see forever – across to the rugged Kaimai ranges and far out to sea, to Matakana Island and, on a clear day, you can even see steam rising from the active volcano White Island!
‘Cruise Liners in the Bay’
Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience – watch in awe as the mammoth and classically beautiful Cruise liners are welcomed into the Tauranga Harbour.
The Cruise liners can be seen every year from January through to April, and what better way to view these spectacular ships are from your very own balcony at The Beaumont.
The Diamond Princess, Star Princess and their sisters are among some of the world’s biggest ships to cruise the sea. We have witnessed these magnificent beauties many times before and it is always a treat for our guests.
Mount Hot Saltwater Pools
After an exhaustingly fun day in Mount Maunganui, the hot saltwater pools, located at the base of Mount Maunganui, and just 100 metres from your Mount Maunganui accommodation beckon.
Open every day from 6am to 10pm, the pool complex includes a tepid lap pool and a children’s pool with water slides, heated to just 32 degrees Celsius. A large hot pool and two smaller aqua-jet spa pools are all warmed to a relaxing 39 degrees Celsius. There is no roof on the complex, so at night, you can lay back in the gorgeous hot water and stare up at a starry sky. There are also several private hot pools, and professional massage treatments are available.
The Mount Beach offers amazing surfing
If you’re a surfer or body boarder, Mount Maunganui’s beaches are the perfect place to catch a wave.
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