More of a hill than a mountain

Mount Maunganui Travel Blog

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Mine. Mine. Mine.
Mount Maunganui is one of the top beaches in New Zealand and in the summer holiday period the small town floods with Kiwi families wanting to hit the surf and sand.

Kiwi's just LOVE the water!

The Mount (as it's known) has the pacific ocean on one side and the Tauranga harbour on the other.  The whole place is set up for holiday lifestyles but there is a growing desire to own an apartment here, therefore the apartment blocks are growing too!

Tauranga is a stop for about 45 cruise ships that circum navigate NZ every year so there is always a line of tourists pouring from the Harbour into the Mount area to find things to do for a day.  If they don't find enough excitement at the Mount then tauranga city is just 10 mins to the West.

I used to rock over here with a car load of my mates from the age of 15 when I got my drivers licence and the keys to my Mother's Mark 2 Ford Escort -ahh I recall the thrill of those 80's bikinis with much fondness.  The girls wearing them were pretty thrilling too!

Nowadays I don't hang at the beach for the sme reasons (though I wish I could get away with it!) and in fact visit the Mount more for the hot pools and to walk around the base of Mauao, the big blister shaped outcrop which is what the Mount is all about.
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Mine. Mine. Mine.
Mine. Mine. Mine.
Heading to port
Heading to port
New bikini
New bikini
Down from the summit of Mauao
Down from the summit of Mauao
Pacific Ocean, Mount main beach
Pacific Ocean, Mount main beach
Boys with boards
Boys with boards
Harbour side
Harbour side
Port view
Port view
Base of Mauao at twilight
Base of Mauao at twilight
Twilight across harbour
Twilight across harbour
Base of Mauao
Base of Mauao
Rugged rock formation around base …
Rugged rock formation around base…
Chess set at Breakers Bar
Chess set at Breakers Bar
Cenotaph
Cenotaph
Main stage of NYE party
Main stage of NYE party
Main stage New Years party
Main stage New Years party
Orion and Carrie climb ahead of me
Orion and Carrie climb ahead of me
The Mount Main Beach from Mauao
The Mount Main Beach from Mauao
Mount Main Beach
Mount Main Beach
Carrie and Orion in late afternoon
Carrie and Orion in late afternoon
West side of Mauao overlooks Matak…
West side of Mauao overlooks Mata…
Happy were at the summit of Mauao
Happy we're at the summit of Mauao
Across to Tauranga Harbour Bridge
Across to Tauranga Harbour Bridge
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Hot salty water - just like boiling peas!
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Mount Maunganui Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Surf-styled Family Restaurant
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Mount Maunganui
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