Welcome to The Mount. The activities and attractions have attracted people not only from all around New Zealand, but the world over. This fantastic place offers plenty of unique experiences. Listed below are all the free things to do in Mount Maunganui. If you wish to explore more and don’t mind paying a little something extra, be sure to check out the pages listed beneath these listings.
Mt Maunganui Skate Parks
Head along to one of the Mt Maunganui Skate Parks Mount Maunganui has a couple of skate parks available. With one simply being a half pipe and a mini ramp. The other having many more features. But if you’re looking for things to do in Tauranga, going to one of the Mt Maunganui Skate Parks is worth the enjoyment.
Blake Park – half pipe and mini ramp Arataki Skate Park
Mount Drury Reserve
Within the mounts centre is Mount Drury Reserve Mount Drury Reserve features a couple walks and a large, modern and popular playground for kids. Mt Maunganui shops are just a simple minute walk away as is the beach in the opposite direction. The playground has numerous amounts of features. Including swings and a slide. If you want to take the kids out and are looking for things to do, this playground is a great place to spend some time or have a picnic.
Coronation Park at The Mount Coronation Park is located in the ever popular Mt Maunganui and offers Tauranga a variety of events to enjoy.
In the summer, there is a fabulous gourmet night market with 40 food stalls and live bands. Throughout the rest of the year, they hold Easter in the Park, art displays and dog shows, along with a range of family and sports events.
For those who just want to walk off those extra few calories or need to take the dog for a walk, the park is open for everyone to enjoy.
Coronation Park is a perfect place for family picnics or a casual stroll. Only minutes away from Mount Maunganui beach, Mauao, Pilot Bay and Mount Main.
Mount Drury Night Owl Cinema
Enjoy a movie night out with Mount Drury Night Owl Cinema Here in Mount Maunganui, on Mount Drury, a non-profit organisation that consists of a fantastic team, puts on a movie night for the whole family to watch and enjoy. Whom they call, Mount Drury Night Owl Cinema.
Movies start around 8.30pm. In regards to the date these movies play and information that surrounds this event please refer to the schedule on their website. Here you will find all the information you need to know about this wonderful event.
Mt Maunganui Library If you're looking for things to do, Mt Maunganui Library offers wonderful opportunities. Here you are able to start a journey into a favourite hobby, study a new language, or simply find a great read.
At all libraries in Tauranga, you are required to use a library card in order to issue and take books home. Once you have a library card, you are not limited to your local library but are able to use it at Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Greerton libraries.
If at your local library you find a book that is currently at one of the other branches, you can simply hold it and it will be sent to your chosen branch for pickup. You are welcome to issue from one branch and return to another.
Community libraries offer a huge range of services including browsing and study facilities; Magazines, music and videos; local history collections with reference materials and newspapers for use in the libraries; to word processing facilities and even access to the Internet and other electronic resources.
Pilot Bay Beach
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.
Mount Maunganui (Mauao) Base Track
The great Mount Maunganui (Mauao) Base Track Mount Maunganui's iconic mountain, 'Mauao', offers two distinctly unique and wondrous walking tracks. A base track, one of New Zealand's most popular scenic walks around the base of Mauao. And of course, the summit track. Where you can walk to the summit of Mauao and relish the experience of unbeatable views. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Mount Maunganui, Matakana Island and Tauranga.
The base track is 3.4km long, taking around 40 minutes or so to complete. You can begin this walk around Mauao at either side. One nearing Pilot bay and the other nearing the surf lifesaving club.
The pathway is mostly light gravel, wide enough with plenty of room for runners, pushchairs and groups of people who wish to walk side by side. It is quite a busy track at times where a little cooperation between friendly individuals is needed to allow each other to pass.
On either side of each access points are public toilets, near Pilot Bay and the front of the surf lifesaving club. Here nearby, you will also find a water fountain where you can enjoy a drink or fill up your water bottle.
This walk is plentiful of views and things to see. Almost completely surrounded by water, Mauao offers beautiful views of Tauranga harbour, Matakana Island and the Pacific Ocean. If you are lucky enough to see a cruise ship arrive into the harbour or depart out to the open sea, it is truly something to enjoy. And if you enjoy looking over the rocks as you walk along, you may even catch a sight of a seal bathing in the sun or a penguin waddling about.
At different points around the track, you will find numerous park benches and seats to stop and rest, or to simply enjoy the scenery at hand. Fantastic views of Matakana Island, and other offshore islands visible on the ocean side of Mauao.
A truly wonderful track, a track that offers everything a walk could ever ask for. As you come to the end of either side you choose to walk, you're only a short distance to nearby cafes and shops to enjoy a bite to eat or a cool drink on a hot day.
Mount Maunganui Summit Track
The iconic Mount Maunganui Summit Track Mauao (Mount Maunganui) is the unmissable mountain that can be seen for miles. Treasured for its beautiful walks and amazing views - the Mount Maunganui Summit Track itself is most impressive.
Standing 232m above sea level, this iconic mountain is significant in many ways. The Mauao summit track is not easy, requiring a reasonably good level of fitness and mobility to climb to the top, but it's an effort that is well deserved. Be sure to take water and pace yourself.
Upon reaching the summit, you are able to see for miles and miles in all directions. From multiple vantage points, your views will range from overlooking the Pacific Ocean where multiple islands lie. Mount main and down the coastline towards Papamoa and beyond. Tauranga's harbour, city and suburbs. Matakana Island, Bowentown and Waihi Beach. Behind all this the Kaimai Ranges takes its place in the far distance, 'icing the cake' with these breath-taking views.
There are multiple tracks that lead you to the summit, two being most popular. Oruahine and Waikorire. Both begin from the ocean side of the base track. The Oruahine track merges with the third track upon which you carry on up towards the summit. The third walking track starts near Pilot Bay. It is also a 4WD track that is used by vehicles during emergencies and for maintenance, not accessible to vehicles from the general public.
Before you make your way up the Mauao summit track, either side of each access points are public toilets. Near Pilot Bay and the front of the surf lifesaving club. Here nearby, you will also find a water fountain where you can enjoy a drink or fill up your water bottle.
Leisure Island (Moturiki)
Enjoy the pleasurable walk on Leisure Island (Moturiki) Looking for a short, exciting walk somewhere unique? Leisure Island may be just the walk you are looking for.
Moturiki Island, also known as Leisure Island, has a beautiful walk and plenty to offer.
Accessed from a man-made land bridge, off of Mount Maunganui's Main Beach, this island is well known for its blow hole on the far end of the island, views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its place for fishing.
This short walk from Mount Main, taking 5-10 minutes to reach the blowhole, is widely accessed by people all over. Simply follow the well-marked track on Leisure Island, whom is easily walked. You will find yourself reaching rocks on the end of the path, upon which you can scramble over to enjoy the best vantage point.
Here you will see the blowhole, Pacific Ocean and views on either side of both Mount Maunganui Beach, Mauao and the coastline stretching towards Papamoa. A wonderful place to bring the kids along for a walk, as they can enjoy the warm rock pools and enjoy the adventure.
Mount Maunganui Fishing Spots
A few of the best Mount Maunganui Fishing Spots Before you go fishing, make sure to check for weather conditions and the Tauranga tides. Pick the best time that's available for you and head out to one of the Mount Maunganui fishing spots. Mount Maunganui rocks Around Mauao on the far side, you'll find rocks upon which you can walk over and reach multiple points where you can cast your line. Quite often people fish off these rocks. The rocks around this area are quite rough and require care and a keen eye to keep yourself safe. Cast out into the channel and see what's on offer. Here you can catch Snapper, John Dory, Kahawai and Kingfish that cruise through. Make sure to check the Tauranga tides.
Near the entrance to the base track of Mauao on the Pilot Bay side is a small wharf upon which you can also fish from. Cast your line into the channel and see what this fishing spot has to offer. Mount Maunganui's Salisbury Wharf Salisbury Wharf at the eastern end of Pilot Bay is a great place to fish and take the kids and have them experience the outdoor activity. Use a handline or rod and fish for whatever is around, you can also cast right out into the channel. A lot of spotties here but if you're lucky, you may just catch a Snapper or Kahawai. John Dory's are also around, put on a live bait and you may also hook a Kingfish swimming through. Leisure Island Moturiki Island, also known as "Leisure Island", is also often a great place to fish. A short 5-10 minute walk up towards the blowhole, are rocks upon which you can scramble over and find a posse to fish from. Check the Tauranga tides for when it's right. There is a lot of deep water around this area. Cast out, and here hope to catch fish such as Kahawai, Snapper, John Dory & Kingfish.
Voted New Zealand's best... Mt Maunganui Beach Mt Maunganui Beach is one of New Zealand's favourite beaches.
This is a glorious place to swim, surf and sunbathe. While in the summer time the Mount beach becomes very busy with locals and holiday goers, there is always more than enough room for family and friends to set up and enjoy this wonderful golden beach.
With the Mt Maunganui surf lifeguards patrolling during the summer to keep us safe, it is advised to swim between the flags where a close eye is watched. As rips and rough waves can often form, however, generally this place is beautifully calm and safe.
This unique beach sits between the Mount's renowned mountain 'Mauao', and Leisure Island, both of whom are within easy walking distance, offering unique walks in and of themselves.
Mt Maunganui Beach is loved by surfers and boogie boarders as they ride in on waves that are well worth the excitement. The Beach offers fairly consistent surf, both right and left handed breaks, Mount Beach being the perfect place for surfers to simply enjoy.
Car parking is available alongside the beach, however, generally The Mount is very busy during weekends and over summer. Toilets are available. On the northern (Mauao) end, around mid-way along the beach and over the road near Mount Drury, opposite Moturiki (Leisure) Island.
The Main Beach is accompanied by a wide boardwalk. Perfect for strolling along enjoying the wonderful atmosphere where on the Mauao end, you'll find plenty of cafes and restaurants. Or an ice-cream parlour to quickly cool yourself with something icy cold.
Mt Maunganui Beach is unique and popular, widely enjoyed by locals and holiday goers from around New Zealand and the world. Always being able to find things to do, it is a fantastic beach that ticks every box when wanting to enjoy the sun, relax and enjoy time with the family.
Tauranga Night Market
The best food market... The Tauranga Night Market Tauranga Night Market at Bayfair, Mount Maunganui, is Tauranga's first permanent Night Market.
This night market features up to 150 stalls, offering a huge variety of delicious foods from all over the world. One night is not enough experience all this market has to offer, with many people returning time and time again to relish the tasty foods and treats.
Although the food is the main large attraction, it is not the only thing the Tauranga Night Market has to offer. Here also, this wonderful market offers arts and crafts, jewellery, clothing, fashion accessories, technology accessories, fresh produce and much, much more. Come along more than once to truly grasp this wonderful market as a whole.
This market is an experience for the whole family to enjoy. With free entertainment, fortune tellers, foot massages and air brush tattoo's on offer, parents and kids will truly have a memorable experience.
Entry is free with lots of free car-parking on the higher levels of the car-park and/or in the outside car park.
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