Maunganui is a town in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, located on a
peninsula to the north of the neighbouring city Tauranga and north west of
the suburb Papamoa.
It is also the name of the extinct volcanic cone which rises above the town
(which is now officially known by its Māori name Mauao). According to Maori
legend, this hill was a pononga [slave] to a mountain called Otanewainuku.
It is colloquially known in New Zealand simply as
The Mount. The town itself is located on top of a sand bar that connects
Mauao to the mainland, a geographical formation known as a tombolo.
Because of this formation, the residents of Mount Maunganui are lucky enough
to have both a harbour beach (Pilot Bay) and an ocean beach with great surf,
within a short distance.
Mount Maunganui is regarded as a coastal resort town, although Port of
Tauranga, a major facility, is also partly located on the western (harbour)
It is also well-known for the quality of its surfing conditions, though
parts of the beach are notoriously dangerous. The harbour bridge was opened
in 1988, linking Mount Maunganui with Tauranga.
Mt Maunganui also features the popular Bayfair shopping centre. The centre
is one of the largest in the North Island outside Auckland and Wellington
Mt Maunganui is served by daily inter-regional and long distance
bus and coach services to Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua, Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North and Wellington.
Mt Maunganui is close to Tauranga airport for
Air New Zealand Link
services to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with connecting service to
other New Zealand destinations.
There are no passenger train or rail services from Mt Maunganui to Tauranga,
Auckland, Rotorua, Gisborne, Napier/Hastings, Taupo, New Plymouth,
Whanganui, Palmerston North or Wellington