To get there: from Tauranga take the Takitimu Drive State
Highway 2, North East, over the harbour bridge. Then turn
left onto eith Totara Street or Maunganui Road, down to
The Mount and try to find a park near the beach. In summer
it can get really busy round The Mount.
The main beach at Mount Manganui is your typical east
coast beach with beautiful white sand. It’s extremely
popular so the first rule of surfing here is to keep your
eyes peeled for fellow surfers and swimmers.
The beach can often get a sucky, hollow shore break, and
when it’s big you can use the rips to get out the
back – great for saving energy for the paddling.
This surf spot is brilliant because it’s great for
all surfers, whether you’re a grommet or a hardened
and knowledgeable local. You can snare a good right point
break off the point at Moturiki Island, also known as
the blowhole, at the south end of the beach.
Mount Maunganui is one of the most popular beachbreaks
in Bay of Plenty, and can turn on some classic waves.
It holds decent size and can accommodate the numbers of
surfers who surf here quite well. It
is a consistent wave and receives plenty of swell.
Mount Maunganui is a featured break on the 2010 Hyundai
Longboard Tour and hosts a number of other competitions
throughout the year.