Hotels in Mount Maunganui
Mount, as Mt Maunganui is known to Kiwis, is a small town that has
the feel of a village situated between a calm harbour and stunning
in the western Bay of Plenty Mount
Maunganui sits across the harbour from Tauranga
and its major port.
the town is Mauao, a giant
lump of rock that stands 232 metres high.
are two ways to get to the top - the easy, slower way and the more
difficult track. If you are fit then the quicker way is fine, although
for older folk, kids and the out-of-condition the pathway is the
way to go.
way you choose to go take regular breaks - not for the gathering
of breath, but just for the magnificent landscapes and vistas unfolding
will take about an hour to climb to the top and the views from the
summit of Mauao are amazing.
is worth taking time at the top to just sit down and relax - looking
either out to sea, or east down the coast towards Papamoa,
Maketu and Whakatane.
the north west is Matakana Island a forest-covered island that has
more than 20 kilometres of surf crashing upon white-sand beach.
the west is the port and city of Tauranga, a small city that boasts
some pretty fine restaurants and eateries.
the exertions of climbing the Mount has taken it out of you then
take an hour or so to go and soak in the nearby salt hot-water pools.
The pools are open everyday on weekdays and Saturdays from 6am to
10pm and on Sundays from 8am to 10pm.
must try out the hot-water jet massagers - they are wonderful!
hot-water pools are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The pools have
to be one of the best value places to visit in New Zealand.
can also hire private spa pools and sunbeds.
at the base of Mauao is a camping ground that has to be in one of
the world's best locations!
in Mount Maunganui there are plenty of shops and a host of cafes.
down on the border with Papamoa is a regular haunt - the neighbourhood
been going to Milanos for a relaxed, easy, inexpensive meal out
for about seven years and I still enjoy it.
reminds me of one of those little ethnic restaurants in Melbourne's
suburbs that offer good food at good prices and a really nice atmosphere.