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Things to do in Mount Maunganui

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Hobbiton Movie Set Shore Excursion from Tauranga

1. Hobbiton Movie Set Shore Excursion from Tauranga

Depart from the Port of Tauranga, and begin your journey along Pilot Bay towards the wonderful Mount Maunganui beach. Take photos and hear local facts from your guide along the way. Then, travel to The Shire, home of Bilbo Baggins and his friends. Get a meet and greet at the Hobbiton Movie Set by your official guide. Take a guided tour filled with fun facts, insider stories, and many photo opportunities. Next, sit back and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Return towards Tauranga, and visit a few special spots along the way for breathtaking views over the Matamata-Piako Plains. Visit the local park to appreciate the beauty of its lake, paddocks, mature trees, and the wonderful wildlife that dwells within its boundaries.

From Tauranga: Rotorua and Maori Village Shore Excursion

2. From Tauranga: Rotorua and Maori Village Shore Excursion

Travel to Rotorua from Tauranga on a shore excursion, discovering the highlights of the area, with snacks and refreshments provided. Begin with a drive to Mount Maunganui and learn about the region from your guide. Step back in time at Te Puia Maori Village, built above geothermal land, which is home to the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere. Learn about original settlers' tales, and visit the Maori Arts and Crafts school operating on the property. Visit the onsite Kiwi enclosure for your chance to see the native Kiwi bird. Head next to Rotorua Lake – the second-largest lake on the North Island. 

Tauranga: Mount Maunganui Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

3. Tauranga: Mount Maunganui Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Explore Tauranga Harbour on a sightseeing cruise of New Zealand's largest natural harbor. Marvel at views of Mount Maunganui, search for NZ fur seals and sea birds and enjoy a beach visit on Matakanka Island. Board The Kewpie, a 70-year-old ferry made from native Kauri trees, The Kewpie which boasts an interesting history in New Zealand waters. The 52ft boat has two levels and a licensed bar for a comfortable cruise around Tauranga Harbour. While cruising look out for the Statue of Tangaroa, untouched white sandy beaches, lush green forests, and islands, contrasted by the massive developed port infrastructure. Keep on the lookout for seasonal wildlife on your harbor cruise such as blue penguins, sea birds, or adorable NZ fur seals. Stay on board or disembark to explore Matakana Island. The island's white sandy beach is a favorite spot for beach walks, fishing, swimming, and picnics.

From Tauranga: Skydive over Mount Maunganui

4. From Tauranga: Skydive over Mount Maunganui

Start your adventure with a flight capturing the breathtaking views of Mount Maunganui and its golden beaches expanding as far as the eye can see. Higher up, you'll be able to see White Island, Mount Ruapehu, the Rotorua Lakes, The Coromandel, and Mount Taranaki. The flight will last 20-25 minutes, so there is plenty of time to take it all in. Once at 12,000 or 15,000 feet in the sky, jump out of the plane on a tandem skydive, falling to the earth at over 200km/hour. After some time to feel the adrenaline as you freefall, enjoy a peaceful parachute ride back to base.

Mount Maunganui: Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Mount Maunganui: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Soak up the vibe on this fun self-guided audio tour of Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui is a relaxed and happening place to get some sun and hit the beach. On one side of the mountain is a stunning boat harbor and, 5 minutes away is an ocean beach perfect for surfing and swimming. This self-guided audio starts at the harbor, where you’ll learn much of the Maori history of the area including the tribal ancestry. Years ago, abundant seafood (Kaimoana) provided an attractive area for settlement in what is now a popular spot for commercial and recreational fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming with dolphins and much more. Next, you will hear about Maunganui, which in Maori translates to big mountain. You will learn about seafarers, traders and missionaries, and trade between Europeans and Maori. Take a leisurely walk of the “base” track and if you’re up to, take the summit walk for spectacular 360-degree views. Hear the Maori legend of Mount Maunganui/Mauao, Tangaroa (the Maori god of the sea) and Te Kuia, the “old lady” who local fishermen pay homage to. Check out the nearby Islands, Matakana, Motiti, and Tuhua, and learn about New Zealand’s endangered Tuatara. Conclude your tour by unwinding in the perfectly heated thermal saltwater pools and baths. During the course of your tour, you will also visit Mount Drury Reserve, Maunganui Road, the Surf Museum and Bayfair shopping center.

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What people are saying about Mount Maunganui

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based on 86 reviews

Started the day with an easy pickup. Right outside the port the tour company had our names on a board ready to meet us. Snacks, water and WiFi were included through the duration of the trip. Our guide was very helpful and friendly. Ensured we were all comfortable throughout. Had a great lunch provided at one of the locations. Would 100% recommend.

The guide Stephen was really informative and helpful. He provided snacks and water and tried to answer all our questions. I loved the geyser, the working Māori village, lunch was excellent and it was one of my best days.

Stephen was very knowledgeable and so helpful. Truly enjoyed the visit to the geysers and Māori center. Lunch was excellent, a buffet of typical dishes.

That was an amazing day, great experience and wonderful tour guide.... Thank you, Steven. We enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommended 5 (stars)

A great introduction to Tauranga such a beautiful place