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Mt Maunganui

A Surf Paradise and Coastal Gem



World-Class Surf Breaks and Beach Culture

Mt Maunganui is a mecca for surfers from around the world, with a range of world-class breaks suitable for all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner looking to catch your first wave or an experienced surfer seeking the ultimate challenge, you'll find it all here. The main beach, Main Beach, is a great spot for learning to surf, with gentle waves and plenty of space to practice. For more advanced surfers, the famous Mauao break offers powerful waves and long rides. After a day in the water, relax on the golden sands of Pilot Bay or grab a bite to eat at one of the many beachside cafes and restaurants.

Stunning Coastal Walks and Hikes

Mt Maunganui is home to some of the most beautiful coastal walks and hikes in New Zealand. The iconic Mount Maunganui Summit Track is a must-do for visitors, offering breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding landscape from the top of the extinct volcanic cone. The track is steep in places but well worth the effort for the panoramic vistas at the summit. For a more leisurely walk, try the Moturiki Island Track, a gentle loop that takes you around the base of the mountain and past historic sites and stunning beaches.

Vibrant Dining and Shopping Scene

Mt Maunganui boasts a vibrant dining and shopping scene, with a range of options to suit every taste and budget. The main street, Maunganui Road, is lined with boutique shops, galleries, and cafes, offering everything from unique souvenirs to delicious local cuisine. For a true taste of the region, head to the Mount Mainstreet Market, held every Sunday, where you can sample fresh produce, artisanal goods, and street food from local vendors. In the evenings, the town comes alive with a range of bars and restaurants, offering everything from casual pub fare to fine dining.

Outdoor Adventures and Water Sports

In addition to surfing, Mt Maunganui offers a range of outdoor adventures and water sports for visitors to enjoy. Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking in the calm waters of Pilot Bay, or take a guided tour to explore the nearby islands and marine reserves. For a unique experience, book a blokarting lesson and race across the beach on a wind-powered go-kart. If you prefer to stay on land, rent a bike and explore the town's scenic cycling trails, or join a yoga class on the beach and soak up the stunning coastal views.

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