Mount Maunganui is a vibrant seaside resort that draws in visitors from across New Zealand and internationally. It offers visitors the ideal place to unwind on a relaxing beach vacation experience.
Mount Maunganui beaches are beloved spots, for many reasons; one being their stunning beauty! Boasting white sand beaches and waves perfect for swimming, surfing and people-watching alike.
1. Mount Maunganui Beach
Mount Maunganui Beach is an idyllic destination that every beach enthusiast must see for themselves. This long stretch of pure white sand attracts both locals and holidaygoers.
Atmospherically appealing and packed with fun activities for everyone in the family to enjoy, this destination boasts a great atmosphere. Additionally, there is an array of restaurants, cafes, and shops waiting for visitors.
Lifeguards patrol this beach during summer months and feature a wide boardwalk where visitors can stroll or eat lunch. When tide levels drop low enough, you can even see blowholes at seaward end of beach!
If you don’t feel up for spending an entire day at the beach, why not go on a scenic walk around Mt Maunganui instead? With two walking tracks and breathtaking ocean views to take in along your route – definitely worth your while!
2. Pilot Bay
From Mauao to Papamoa, Te Moananui a Toi (Coastal Bay of Plenty) beaches are famous for their soft sand and family-friendly waters – and there are still more hidden gems waiting to be discovered!
Mount Maunganui Main Beach has long been considered New Zealand’s best beach, boasting excellent surf conditions, picturesque white sand stretches and an outstanding variety of cafes – not to mention it being an ideal spot to watch cruise ships come and go!
Beach patrolling services provide adequate protection during the peak summer season.
Mount Maunganui beach to Pilot Bay is an easy, flat walk, passing ice cream parlours, coffee carts and the famed hot salt water pools along the way.
Not only can this beautiful beach provide breathtaking views, but its calm waters also make it ideal for families wanting to avoid the large waves found elsewhere in the sea. Here you can picnic, observe cruise ships docking at Tauranga Harbour and have an enjoyable day spent with your children.
3. Waihi Beach
Waihi Beach offers an idyllic beach experience at the northern gateway of the Bay of Plenty, featuring charming boutique shops and eateries along its 9km of white sand beach – it’s sure to provide a memorable summer beach vacation!
Waihi Beach, only 45 minutes away from Tauranga, is an idyllic holiday spot perfect for locals and visitors alike. Offering plenty of accommodation options suitable for family vacationers or surfers alike.
Waihi Beach provides plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied, including fishing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. Plus there are several holiday parks close by offering peace and quiet.
4. Papamoa Beach
Papamoa Beach is one of the fastest-growing suburbs in Bay of Plenty and boasts 16 km of pristine beaches that rival more renowned coastal locations. Additionally, Papamoa Beach features cafes, shops and supermarkets as well as a food hall and public library – perfect for relaxing beach walks!
Mount Maunganui offers visitors an ideal spot for walking along its stunning coastline or ascending Mount Maunganui (an extinct volcano that stands 232m high), as well as hiking or cycling through its hilly terrain for breathtaking coastal views.
Town has quickly become one of the Bay of Plenty’s premier dining and drinking destinations with new bars and restaurants opening all of the time. Additionally, there’s an array of accommodation available from luxurious beachfront resorts to traditional family friendly lodging options.
Visitors of Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach will find an outdoor swimming pool and bicycles available to rent on-site, making this 4-star accommodation an ideal base from which to explore its surrounding area.