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Mt Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is a volcanic cone that sits on a huge sand spit. The fabulous surf beach that starts here stretches all the way to Whakatane. Mt Maunganui is one of the most well developed holiday spots in New Zealand.

Soak in Mount Maunganui’s natural hot saltwater pools. If you’re feeling energetic, take a short hike to the Mount’s the summit for impressive views.


Located on a beautiful natural harbour, Tauranga is known for its idyllic lifestyle. Visitors come to enjoy all kinds of leisure activities, including swimming with dolphins, diving, game fishing and surfing. The area also features fantastic golf-courses, shopping and dining.

Go wine tasting at a vineyard and enjoy a wine-matched meal.
Catch a game-fishing trip to the waters near Mayor Island. Dolphin encounter trips leave the harbour daily.


An ideal launching point for a big-game fishing adventure, to observe dolphins, go jet-boating, white-water rafting, hiking, paragliding, kayaking and trout fishing. In fact, almost any hunting or adventure activity starts here.

Take a charter boat, helicopter or light plane to view the still active White Island. Go deep sea fishing for hapuku (NZ groper), bass and bluenose.