On the other side of Mt Maunganui Beach is… Pilot Bay Beach
Pilot Bay Beach – While Mount Maunganui Beach is most popular, this stunningly serene beach has just as much to offer. Edging Tauranga Harbour, beautifully tucked under The Mount, “Mauao”, it is equally worth the visit.
With plenty of things to do, strolling alongside the harbour presents you with picturesque views overlooking Tauranga harbour, and of course, the towering mountain, “Mauao”. Experience Pilot Bay as do the tourists who disembark from large cruise ships to thoroughly enjoy Mount Maunganui as a whole.
Pilot Bay offers a small dairy, ice cream parlours, a jetty to fish off, and multiple places to hire kayaks, jet skis and other water sports equipment.
It is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with the family, whether you bring a packed lunch or you wish to use the nearby barbeques that are on offer alongside the shore. And if you’re there at the right time, sit back and relax as you watch the cruise ships come and go from the Tauranga Harbour.
This calm, flat beach hidden from the open ocean is great for families and kids who want to avoid the surf. Simply splash about, have fun, relax and enjoy the scenery in this wonderfully enjoyable Bay.