Maunganui Beach, Mount Maunganui

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Walk down the along the white sands of Maunganui Beach, looking for shells and watching surfers--or catch a wave yourself. The beach stretches on a huge sandbar beginning at the base of the volcano and ending in a sheltered bay with a harbor. Stop for a snack of tasty seafood at the row of small eateries just above the shore, or cruise the many cafes and shops of the relaxed beach town, nicknamed "The Mount." Hike up the mountain to admire the view of the ocean and the harbor from above, where the sand dunes break up the skyline. The beach makes for a great stroll year-round, but note that parking is often difficult to find. Make Maunganui Beach part of your personalized Tauranga itinerary using our Tauranga trip maker tool .
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  • A very nice beach with clean white sand, great for sun bathing, swimming, surfing, playing volleyball, taking pictures, etc. Easy to walk around taking in the sites. There are several surfing schools ...  more »
  • This is a truly magnificent beach. Miles of sand, sea, surf etc. We visited Mt Manganui on a cruise ship (the stop was advertised as Tauranga). Previously, we had just wandered around the centre, but ...  more »
  • We were unlucky with the weather during our visit for it was quite cold and certainly wet, this together with a strong wind was not ideal time for beach visiting. I did manage a short stroll but it wa...  more »

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