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Photo taken in a gyrocopter by Leanne Brown, Manager, Mount Mainstreet the mountApproaching the Mount by Gyrocopter
Photo taken by Leanne Brown, Manager, Mount Mainstreet

Mt Maunganui - Mauao - The Mount

When you visit Mount Maunganui, pristine blue waters, surf and white sand beaches are waiting for you and are free for all to enjoy. Couple this with a walk up or around the extinct volcano, Mauao, and one can walk away invigorated for the effort.

Mount Maunganui is a unique holiday and residential area in Coastal Bay of Plenty, New Zealand and in the world at large. It offers a beach-side lifestyle with world-class beachfront accommodation. Each year, around 80 cruise ships bring almost 200,000 passengers into The Mount to experience it's cultural heritage, people and world-class tourist attractions.

Retail therapy for those on foot includes visiting the shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk of the beaches and waterfront harbour. 'Downtown The Mount' is the boutique shopping and dining hub of Mount Maunganui. Mount Mainstreet promotes these shops and businesses that are located on Maunganui Road, from Pacific Avenue to Tawa Street.

Mount Maunganui has a Visitor Information Centre with a full spectrum of information on activities and facilities. Just call in for a friendly chat and make sure that nothing is missed.

The Information Centre also stocks Dial A Cab taxi discount vouchers so you can tour further afield at a reasonable rate.

For those wanting to launch out into the deep, there are a number of charter companies operating fishing trips. In addition, some tour operators offer dolphin and orca sightseeing tours. Both family recreational fishing and deep sea game fishing is available all year round. Some of the more common varieties are: Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore Tuna, Yellowtail Kingfish, Snapper, Tarakihi, Snapper, Trevally, Gurnard, John Dory, Kingfish, Hapuku (Deep Sea Groper) and Tarakihi (also known as Ocean Bream, Morwong, Silver Bream and Shimakurodai.)

If catching your own fish is not what you do, a short ride down the road by taxi will take you to one of the Bays' best fish and chip shops. There you can dine on some of the most popular fresh fish deliciously prepared. Varieties are dependent on what the owners catch in their commercial fishing boats and may include any of the following: Blue Cod, Blue Hake, Blue Moki, Bluenose, Flounder, Gemfish, Grandfather Hapuku, Groper, Gurnard, Hake, Hapuka, Hoki, John Dory, Kingfish, Monkfish, Moon Fish, Porae, Red Rock Cod, Red Scorpionfish, Salmon, Snapper, Stargazer, Tarakihi, Trevally, Trumpeter, Turbot and Whiting.