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Things to do in Mount Maunganui

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“If you are thinking to come to Tauranga, you must visit our main attraction "the mount". There are few walks around it base and you can climb to the top, to have a great panoramic view. The main beach is always a nice place to spend the day with a small walk to Leisure Island and with restaurants and Cafes across the road. Pilot bay is only 5 minutes walk from the main Beach and is an amazing place to watch the sunset while having fish and chips. ”
  • 190 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Really popular all round Shopping Centre 5 minutes away with a good selection of restaurants, food mall and Countdown.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Lots of atmosphere, made up of quirky pieces, friendly staff and great food and drinks”
  • 45 locals recommend
Pool
“Total relaxation at the heart of Mount Maunganui. Beneath the majesty of Mauao relax and unwind in the only hot ocean water complex in the world! 20 minute drive to enjoy the healing properties of bathing in heated salt water and top it off with a massage from our friendly and experienced therapists to really treat your body.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Donation only to see artifacts and pieces of art from national and local artists. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The most prominent landmark in the district and most popular sightseeing spot, with panoramic views of the city and coast. A challenging but achievable hike for the unfit and a fun walk for the fit, the summit track takes around half an hour to climb and is safe and well maintained. There is also a base track which passes around the perimeter and is fairly flat and easy and very beautiful especially at sunset. The summit track that follows stairs is easier as it isn’t as slippery as the gravel track but is steeper and quicker.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Delicious reasonably priced dumplings. Craft beer and a busy happy atmosphere. Family friendly but I do recommend to book. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Cinema
“You can walk there! Massive chain theatre, they have four theatres and up-to-date releases.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Find yourself set in the iconic and historic Postbank building surrounded by antique furniture and books. Post bank offers a fine dining experience with French European cuisine. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Great breakfast and lunch food, good service, right by the beach. Busy place, but very accommodating and it is away from the hustle and bustle of the main mount shops. Easy to get a carpark.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Plaza
“If you have kids the Hairy McLeary collection of bronze statues are situated on the strand next to the playground. Kids and adults alike love playing on these statues. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Nature
“Great swimming beach. Safe and patrolled. Visit Leisure to the end of the main beach and walk around. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lovely atmosphere here they also have a great menu for bar snacks or full meals ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
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“A great little organic cafe with allpress coffee on Omanu beach . They grow all their own produce!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
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“Located in the main street - this cafe has amazing food. Great for breakfast or lunch.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Place to shop
“there are lots of lovely cafes and restaurants here, and theres nothing nicer than wandering around the boutique clothes and gift shops..”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Lots of atmosphere, made up of quirky pieces, friendly staff and great food and drinks”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Delicious reasonably priced dumplings. Craft beer and a busy happy atmosphere. Family friendly but I do recommend to book. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“Lovely atmosphere here they also have a great menu for bar snacks or full meals ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Diner
“Eclectic and casual bar and restaurant. Has a large selection of vegan/vegetarian meals on the menu.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fish Face is the only seafood and wine bar in Mount Maunganui. They are all about freshness and quality ingredients.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bamboo is all about fresh Asian flavors, cocktails, wine and good times at The Mount. Simple!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Funky; good pizza all named after book titles - you can eat the Hunger Games or the Bible :)”
  • 11 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“More upmarket lunch and dinner. Very good. Views over Harbor. (1.3km or 16 minutes walk)”
  • 18 locals recommend

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