Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

Mount Maunganui on the North Island of New Zealand is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean with, arguably, New Zealand’s best beach on one side and the sheltered waters of Pilot Bay on the other. ‘The Mount’ is renowned for Mauao - a 232m mountain towering over the beach - and its surf, white sand, safe swimming beaches, great golf, dining options and simple relaxation opportunities.

Mauao the Iconic landmark offers awe inspiring views across the Bay of Plenty coastline. A 45 minute 3.4km long base track lets you take in those views over the ocean, magnificent pohutukawa trees and beautiful beaches. Of course, the best views are at the top -- a 1-hour 20-minute round trip, with 360 degree views across the Bay of Plenty region.

Known and ranked among the top 25 beaches in the world is Mount Maunganui’s ‘Main Beach’ this is a great spot to relax, swim in the warm ocean, take in the sunshine and enjoy the no pressure slow pace lifestyle that it has to offer.

Jumping into the healing waters of Mauao’s hot salt water pools to relieve the tension of everyday life is a #nzmustdo. There is a children’s pool and slide making this a great family spot.

Between its scenic views and unique charms, Mount Maunaganui has the best boutique shopping scene in New Zealand and offers many bespoke cafes, restaurants and bars. To make the most of your time here, we recommend at least two full days!

This area can be enjoyed by couples wanting to spend some quality time together, families looking to build sandcastles and have ice creams on the beach and anyone else after sunshine sea and sand!

Pack your beach towel and add some relaxation and sunshine to your self-drive tour of New Zealand itinerary. You won’t regret it.