BAY OF PLENTY: TAURANGA

10-May-13

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Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park

star rating of 3

by Chris Gaelic

1 Adams Avenue, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

www.mountbeachside.co.nz/

Phone: 07 575-4471

rvexplorer id: 17471

Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park reception

Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park reception

 

Mt Maunganui Cafes just across from the Holiday Park

Mt Maunganui Cafes just across from the Holiday Park

 

Joggers running along the boardwalk

Joggers running along the boardwalk

 

Famly Picnic by the beach

Famly Picnic by the beach

 

We decided on impulse to drive up to Mt Maunganui from where we were staying in Papamoa Beach. It was only about 10 km, and even though we were planning to continue on down the coast, we thought we should at least check out one of the most popular holiday locations in the Western Bay.

 

The Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park must be in just about the perfect location for a variety of visitor activity - being at the base of the Mount, right on the beach front, and just across the road from the Mt Maunganui cafes. In the summer holiday season, it is packed out and you would be lucky to be able to book into the park unless you do so well in advance.

 

However, we were there in late autumn, and everything was much quieter - especially with the stormy weather of the previous few days. We had a good look around, and bought lunch in one of the cafes before getting back on the road to our original destination further down the coast.

 

Mt Maunganui is one of those places that has a definite appeal to all those who enjoy mixing time at the beach, with city cafe culture. There is a walk around the Mount, and plenty of enthusiastic runners along the boardwalk. Families enjoying family time at the beach, even on a Friday afternoon.

 

For us, we were really looking for something a little quieter.

 

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