MOUNT MAUNGANUI
WELCOME TO MT MAUNGANUI
Mount Maunganui is a coastal resort town in the city of Tauranga. Mount Maunganui’s beaches are great for surfing and diving,and a centre for summertime activities from surf lifesaving events to beach volleyball, national surf contests to sandcastle-building. Mount Maunganui, or Mauao, is also the name of the extinct volcano which rises above the town. The mountain is a dominant feature of the landscape, and a climb to the summit of Mt Maunganui offers amazing views.

   
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MOUNT MAUNGANUI
Mount Maunganui is a coastal resort town which enjoys great weather year round, and is a popular destination for those seeking sun, sand and relaxation.
As New Zealand’s ‘Surf City’, Mount Maunganui’s beaches are great for surfing and diving, with large numbers of visitors wanting to experience the laid-back summery atmosphere.‘Mt Maunganui is a centre for summertime activities, hosting everything from surf lifesaving events to beach volleyball, national surf contests to sandcastle-building.

Mount Maunganui, or Mauao, is also the name of the extinct volcano which rises above the town. Shrouded in history and legend, the mountain is a dominant feature of the landscape, and a climb to the summit offers amazing views of the surrounding city and ocean.The relaxed atmosphere of Mount Maunganui has something for everyone, from its vibrant café and pub scene, to its coastal shopping and beach culture.

Mount Maunganui is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in the country, Mount Maunganui caters for thousands of visitors each year and the Mount Mainstreet shopping centre is well placed to provide for their every need including boutique shops, quality restaurants and cafes. Mount Maunganui has also become a thriving business and commercial centre and the hub for all import and export trade for the Bay of Plenty. It is the home of one of the two busiest seaports in the country.

The Mount Mainstreet Shopping Centre is the main shopping area of downtown Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. It is situated at the foot of Mount Maunganui (Mauao), from which the town takes it's name, on a narrow peninsula that separates the sheltered waters of Tauranga Harbour and the pristine white sands of the Pacific Ocean. The shopping centre is 300 metres walking distance from the Mall and calm waters of Pilot Bay, where the cruise ships birth.

On the opposite side of the peninsula lie the sands of Mount Maunganui's world recognised surf beach - a popular area for surfing, swimming, and all beach activities. The majestic Mauao with its walking tracks popular Hot Salt water pools is an easy stroll from the centre.
Today most of the early buildings have long gone and the skyline in and around downtown Mount Maunganui is amongst the most rapidly changing in the country. Developers and entrepreneurs are fast recognising its potential, and rapid development is underway to build the area surrounding this popular shopping centre into a premium year round destination for holiday makers.
THE LEGEND OF MAUAO
Written and drawn by the pupils of Mt Maunganui Primary School.
This is the story of our mountain.
Long ago in the forests of Hautere there stood three mountains. The chief, Otanewainuku, the lovely Puwhenua, and the nameless one.

The nameless one was in love with Puwhenua, but she was in love with the mighty Otanewainuku. He had captured her heart with his tall majestic trees. The nameless one was heartbroken. He decided to drown himself in the sea.

He asked the Patuparaihe (bush fairies) to drag him down to the sea to drown. One night they tied ropes around him and dragged him from the forest. His tears left rivers behind him, and channels formed where he was dragged.

As he was dragged nearer to the sea the sky began to lighten. Then with a great jump up leapt Te Ra the sun. The Patu dropped their ropes and fled back to the darkness of the forest. Before they left the gave him a name. Mauao - caught by the dawn.
Many years later when people came to live here they gave him another sacred name. Maunganui (big mountain) To this day he proudly guards the entrance to our beautiful harbour and watches over his people. No longer nameless, forever proud.
Welcome to Mt Maunganui New Zealand