Hotels in Mount Maunganui
Hotels in Tauranga
Beach is my place, a sleepy town on one of the best bits of sand
in New Zealand.
across the harbour bridge from Tauranga,
Papamoa is called the biggest suburb of that city but, like its
neighbour Mount Maunganui,
is really its own spot.
Beach township stretches for more than 10 kilomtres along the ocean
and the beach itself spreads for more than 20 kilometres. Out from
its white sands is the island of Motiti and, in the distance east
towards Whakatane, are
Whale Island and the volcano White
White Island is getting a little energetic you can see the steam
rising from it while standing on Papamoa Beach.
are plenty of places to eat in Papamoa, mainly in the West of the
place near the main shopping areas of the Plaza and Fashion Island.
favoured ones include the Stars and Stripes Diner in the Plaza,
the Boulevarde (down Papamoa East) and the excellent Indian Mumbai
Masala at Fashion Island.
down on the border with Mount Maunganui is another regular haunt
- the neighbourhood pizzeria Milanos.
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.
are petrol stations, supermarkets, a Warehouse store, and all the
banks with ATMs.
in Papamoa include climbing the Papamoa Hills several kilometres
from the town centre, going Blokarting in land yachts, fishing from
the beach, visiting the Kaiate Falls, cycling down the straight
and flat Papamoa Beach Rd or ... walking on the fabulous beach.
you are down there have a look out for the wreck of the container
ship Rena on the horizon to the left of Motiti Island. Go to richardmoore.com
for hundreds of pictures of the Rena disaster that spread oil all
across these fabulous sands and sparked one of the biggest community
cleanups in NZ history.
weather in Papamoa Beach is usually very pleasant with hot summers
and mild winters - except in May of 2009 when we were hit by a weather
bomb that dumped about a foot of hail on to the suburb! It stayed
around for days and turned the sands
of Papamoa Beach into a snow-like landscape.
the road from Papamoa is The
Mount, or Mount Maunganui, and there are cafes and eateries
for Africa there.
the way you can check out whale and dolphin watching trips or organise
some fishing expeditions.
is a 2.5 hour drive from Auckland, 45
minutes from Rotorua and about an hour-and-a-half