The Beach Guide

Maunganui Beach

Maunganui beach is a beautiful, long stretch of pristine white sand in the holiday resort town of Mount Maunganui, less formally known as “The Mount”. Together with Matakana Island, a massive sand bar to its north, Mount Maunganui forms the main entrance to Tauranga Harbour in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s North Island.

Just to the north lies the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula with its beautiful beaches, whilst New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is a 200 km drive to the northwest. Maunganui beach starts out dramatically some 230 m beneath the imposing backdrop of Mount Mauao, a dormant volcano. It continues south eastwards along Marine Parade and Ocean Beach Road for around 6 km.

Mount Maunganui beach is a glorious surfing spot patrolled by lifeguards during summer and by volunteers for the rest of the year. The busy section of the beach is close to Mauao, so trundle southeastward toward Papamoa and you’ll find fewer people and plenty of room. Great news for surfing fanatics - the recent completion of an artificial reef offshore produces consistently perfect waves, meaning plenty of year round action.

The Mount beachfront area offers a fine choice of cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as heated salt-water pools. You’ll also find plenty to hold your interest outdoors too, from game fishing to dolphin sighting trips, blokarting (essentially land boat windsurfing) to dive trips are all offered.

In February 2015, Mount Maunganui beach received the top status (Travellers’ Choice Awards) for beaches in New Zealand, as well as one of the best beaches to visit in the South Pacific.

Nearest city

Tauranga

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Maunganui Beach Weather Info

Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 11:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
18°C / 64°F

Sea temperature
21.6°C
70.9°F
Wind SSE
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Mon 24th
Partly cloudy 21°C / 70°F SSE

13 mph
20 km/h

Tue 25th
Rain showers 24°C / 75°F ESE

6 mph
9 km/h

Wed 26th
Clear sky 23°C / 73°F ENE

12 mph
19 km/h

Thu 27th
Clear sky 23°C / 73°F NNE

7 mph
12 km/h

Fri 28th
Partly cloudy 23°C / 73°F N

7 mph
11 km/h

Sat 29th
Partly cloudy 25°C / 77°F WSW

13 mph
20 km/h

5 Day Maunganui Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Maunganui Beach tide times & sea state

  • Mon 24/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 24/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 5ft 5s  °  ° 24mph
    13:00 4ft 5s  °  ° 17mph
    19:00 4ft 5s  °  ° 24mph
    Tide times
    Low 2:36am (0.21m)
    High 9:02am (1.68m)
    Low 3:08pm (0.24m)
    High 9:16pm (1.57m)
    Daylight
    First light06:26
    Sunrise06:53
    Sunset20:03
    Dark20:30
  • Tue 25/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 25/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
    13:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 2mph
    19:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 8mph
    Tide times
    Low 3:20am (0.20m)
    High 9:42am (1.66m)
    Low 3:50pm (0.20m)
    High 9:56pm (1.57m)
    Daylight
    First light06:27
    Sunrise06:54
    Sunset20:02
    Dark20:28
  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 8mph
    13:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 4mph
    19:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:02am (0.19m)
    High 10:22am (1.63m)
    Low 4:30pm (0.18m)
    High 10:35pm (1.56m)
    Daylight
    First light06:29
    Sunrise06:55
    Sunset20:00
    Dark20:27
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
    13:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 7mph
    19:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:40am (0.19m)
    High 11:02am (1.61m)
    Low 5:09pm (0.17m)
    High 11:12pm (1.54m)
    Daylight
    First light06:30
    Sunrise06:56
    Sunset19:59
    Dark20:26
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 17mph
    13:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 19mph
    19:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 19mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:18am (0.20m)
    High 11:42am (1.59m)
    Low 5:47pm (0.17m)
    High 11:51pm (1.52m)
    Daylight
    First light06:31
    Sunrise06:57
    Sunset19:58
    Dark20:24
  • Sat 29/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 29/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    4:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
    10:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 15mph
    16:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:56am (0.24m)
    High 12:21pm (1.57m)
    Low 6:25pm (0.20m)
    Daylight
    First light06:32
    Sunrise06:58
    Sunset19:56
    Dark20:23

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