Live Like a Local in Mount Maunganui

Live Like a Local in Mount Maunganui

Situated on New Zealand’s North Island in the breathtaking Bay of Plenty, Mount Maunganui is built on a giant sand bar, with a world-class surf beach to the east and a sheltered harbour to the west.

This unique coastal location is what makes Mount Maunganui so special, but when it comes to travelling, holiday makers often only experience a new destination from a visitor’s perspective. We’ve unearthed the best kept local secrets and hidden gems that will have you experiencing the bayside town like the locals do.

1. For a good old fashion pub feed and brew the Mount Mellick Irish Bar and Restaurant ticks all boxes. Locals come here for the delicious fare and live tunes every Friday and Saturday night – all washed down with fine ale of course.

2. Tee off at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club, featuring an 18 hole premier golf course and located just next door to Classic’s Fairway Lodge.

3. Find yourself a handmade treasure or delicious treat at the Little Big Markets, held on the first Saturday of the month from 9.00am to 2pm during summer.

Photo Source: Little Big Markets

4. Hit the beach where the locals do at Mount Main Beach. Just five minutes from town, this stretch of sand is friendly family, always has lifeguards on duty and also has access to a range of shops and eateries at your fingertips.

5. Renowned for its local seafood, find the best and freshest at Mag’s Fresh Fish. Nothing beats eating your meal while overlooking the water it was caught in.

6. The Mount Maunganui (Mauao) Base Track is not only one of New Zealand’s most popular walks, but a daily fitness routine for many locals. The 3.4km track will take you around an extinct volcano and with water almost completely surrounding you, the views are pretty magical.

7. Shop til’ you drop at Bayfair Shopping Centre, a local favourite that is home to more than 100 different retailers. Find all the essentials from food to fashion and services under the one roof.

8. If you’re a keen angler, the region is known for its fishing and Salisbury Wharf at the eastern end of Pilot Bay is a top spot to start. Locals come here for the variety of species that swim through, from Snapper to John Dory and Kingfish.

Classic Holidays members can access accommodation in the heart of Mount Maunganui at Fairway Lodge. Get in touch with us to book your New Zealand escape to experience the bay like a local!


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