Weekenders Guide: Mt Maunganui
Mount Maunganui is the ultimate kiwi summer destination. Whether you stay for a weekend or a week, you'll never be bored.
Eat & Drink
There are so many places to eat and drink at the Mount. This is just a list of places that we've either tried or that have been recommended to us and are on our list to try.
Cafe Eighty Eight
Gourmet Food Markets - on Fridays at Coronation Park
Mount Brewing Co
The Burrio Brothers
Flour + Water Eatery
The Mediterranean Cafe
There are plenty of places to stay in the Mount, but really where you stay depends on your budget. If your into camping then the campground at the base of the mount is a great spot to park up. But there are plenty of motels, hotels and apartments depending on your budget and needs for your stay. Don't forget to check out Airbnb and Book a Bach for other accommodation options. Just be prepared to pay a bit especially in the high season - Summer!
There is so much to do in the Mount, I can guarantee that you will never be bored. When I was writing this list, I didn't even realise how much there was to do until I read back through the list, as was like, 'Oh! Wow!, there's way more than I thought'. You might not get through all of these things in a weekend, just some suggestions or options for next time!
Walk around and/or climb the Mount
Shop Mount Maunganui Road - some of our favourite shops include Sisters & Co, Paper Plane Store, The Gilded Edge and Ete at the mount.
Park up on the beach - Mt Maunganui beach is beautiful, but carry on down the coast to Papamoa Beach and it's just as nice. If your around in December it can get windy so have something to wrap up in.
Visit Tauranga City Centre, walk around the shops and down at the waterfront. Stop by the Hairy McClary Sculpture (Hairy McClary is a children's book series and the author is from Tauranga so they built a statue in honor of the books and her).
Go waterfall hunting - Omanawa Falls, McLaren Falls and Owharoa Falls were our picks. Omanawa Falls is actually closed, you can still walk down to the viewing point, but you can't actually get to the waterfall.
Moturiki Island - about a 15-20 minute walk out to the point of the island, where you'll find great views of the horizon, the mount, main beach and the coast.
Go for ice-cream at Pilot bay, the ice-cream man down by the cruise ship terminal on Pilot Bay, does the best ice-cream
Sunset from the Kaimai Ranges - not technically in the Mount, but depending on which way you travel in and out you might be able to catch this sight.
Karangahake Gorge - again not in the Mount but on the way in or out, beautiful sights and great walks to break up the journey.