Category Archives: Beach Vacation

New Zealand Accommodation Mount Maunganui Beach

Mount Maunganui & Papamoa Beach
At the tip of a peninsula, across the harbour from Tauranga City, lies Mauo (Mount Maunganui), a dormant volcano which holds significant importance to local Maori. Mauo has been known for over 600 years as a place of protection and refuge.

Mount Maunganui now covers a huge area and a number of thriving business centres. The Mount, as it is more commonly known to the locals, is now classed as a centre of its own, leaving residents and visitors little need to venture across the bridge to neighbouring Tauranga. Papamoa Beach is also close by and only a few minutes’ drive from our accommodation.

The new Tauranga Harbour bridge is open
Walk the new bridge and see the beautiful harbour!

Climb The Mount
The Mount is known for its beautiful beaches and amazing scenery. If you have the time, venture up the mountain for panoramic views, stretching for miles in every direction. If you dont see yourself climbing to the top, take the more relaxed option and take a stroll around the base of the mountain. This walk also has stunning views of the harbour, from a range of different angles.

Pure New Zealand Beaches
The surf beach along the east cost of Mount Maunganui is the place to be for every beach related activity! Take the kids down and build some huge sandcastles, and a picnic lunch, while you take the surfboard out to ride the waves. Or watch the many activities that are held at the beach, from surf lifesaving, to triathlons and boat racing. The beach is a hive of activity all year round. For younger children, or those wanting a calm beach, visit Pilot Bay on the harbour side of Mount Maunganui.

Enjoy the lifestyle
Mount Maunganui offers a multitude of first rate cuisine and local wines. Take a walk down Downtown The Mount for a number of different restaurants and bars to tempt your taste buds. Click here for more information on fine wine and dining.

Retail Therapy

There is a range of shopping centers close to Boatshed Motel Apartments. Bayfair is the closest; an indoor shopping centre, with something for the whole family.

A short drive down the beach is Papamoas Fashion Island shopping center, showcasing the best fashion stores in the bay. Downtown the Mount offers a range of gift shops and boutique stores.

Shop till you drop in the morning, followed by a short walk to the Mount beach for an afternoon of swimming, surfing and sun bathing.

New Zealand Accommodation Mount Maunganui Beach

Experience New Zealand – Beaches – Big Fish Productions

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New Zealands exceptionally long and varying coastline moulds into many serene bays and beaches. From the sublime Bay of Islands to the breathtakingly rugged West Coast, you will never be left unmoved by the sheer beauty of coastal scenery and there will always be plenty of opportunity for marine sports, exploring and relaxation.

Further inland, mighty rivers carve the rugged landscape while tranquil lakes lay still in contrast to the volcanic backdrop completing the magic picture of this unique land.

But its not just the natural surrounds that will dazzle you the nearby settlements have provided many visitors with an opportunity to experience a taste of local arts, crafts, culture and wine!

Join us as in this DVD journey as we adventure around the spectacular Beaches, Rivers and Lakes of New Zealand in search of the hidden gems of the South Pacific.

Piha Beach New Zealand

One of the most well known beaches in New Zealand is Piha. Minutes from Auckland, the biggest city in the country, this great beach is both beautiful and dangerous!

Lifeguards do a great job and surfers have their own areas of which there will be heaps of videos about as the champs are being held at Piha today onwards (Jan 20th 2010).

Piha is where you go with your family and friends, where you take in the whole experience and then arm yourself with a good old Kiwi ham, cheese and pineapple toasted sandwhich bought at the takeaways on the road right by the beach.

And yes it is plenty dangerous – never underestimate the power of nature at the west coast beaches – they were around a lot longer than us and it is always the same message – enjoy the sea, the sand and the fun, but listen to what the lifeguards tell you – move across within the flags which change often and respect mother nature!

Which is why everyone loves Piha!

Hot Water Beach New Zealand

Anyway we found our spot, borrowed a spade from a lovely American lady called LInda who was slowly looking like a poached lobster but claimed the water was perfect for her arthritis – probably because she no longer had any nerve endings functioning anymore from the frazzling heat. We settle in our pool like wallowing hippos jostling for position with little Myles taking it all in his stride with the occasional mouthful of sand and head ‘dip’? into the water (who knows why he does this?) we sat and gently warmed – with a little digging of heels into the pool every 10 mins or so to bring more hot water to the surface we were happy with our efforts. Once nicely toasted we decide to head to Tiarua and get a well earned fish and chip late lunch.

Hundreds of dead fish wash up on New Zealand beaches Coromandel Peninsula Waikawau Bay

Fisheries officials are investigating the death of hundreds of snapper washed up on Coromandel Peninsula beaches. Beachgoers at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay found the fish – many with their eyes missing – dead on the sand yesterday. Aucklander James Hughes, who was visiting friends, said they were sitting around when children in their group ran towards them holding fish. “We said, ‘Where’d you get them?’ and they said they just started floating up to the beach.” Mr Hughes and others on the beach began walking towards the spot where the fish had washed up, and found many dead fish in the water too. “We spoke to boaties coming in and they said there was a carpet of them floating in the water.” A Department of Conservation official told Mr Hughes fish in the Coromandel area were starving because of weather conditions. “That’s just completely untrue. This was something deliberate and it’s just wrong,” Mr Hughes said. Ministry of Fisheries official Brendon Mikkelsen said the fish had been in the water for at least 12 hours and would be unsafe to eat. Last night, another ministry official said the matter was being investigated. It would be illegal to deliberately dump snapper, but there could be an innocent explanation, such as a net splitting.