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The Best Things to Do in Mount Maunganui & Tauranga This Summer

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Perched on the beautiful east coast, Tauranga is growing fast, and its proximity to Mount Maunganui and Papamoa makes it especially desirable for retirement. Constituted as a city in 1963, Tauranga has a population of around 160,000, built around a large harbour and watched over by Matakana Island.

We have compiled a list of some popular pastimes that Pacific Lakes Village residents get to enjoy as the weather warms up.

Many of us have spent the holidays in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui in the gorgeous Bay of Plenty. Some of us are lucky enough to live here all year round! Read on if you are wondering about the best things to do in Mount Maunganui and Tauranga this summer. 

Walk to Moturiki Island (Leisure Island) & See the Blowhole

Just off the main beach at Mount Maunganui, you will find Moturiki Island—sometimes called Leisure Island. This island was home to early Maori settlers, who built traditional terraced Pa, and enjoyed the rich bounty from the ocean and the volcanic soil that characterises this area. 

The island is sometimes called Leisure Island because from 1966-1981, it sported a water-fun amusement park. The island has been reclaimed as a natural landmark, and visitors now walk the man-made land bridge from the main beach across to the island to enjoy the unique vantage point, native bush and rocky outcrops.

A blowhole is active at high tide, only a 20-minute walk off the beach. This walk is not taxing and could be called a leisurely stroll—great for when the grandkids visit while you enjoy the best sustainable senior living Tauranga has to offer.

Tauranga and the Mount Maunganui Restaurants – Enjoy Restaurants and Bars in Town

Near to our retirement village in Papamoa are the bustling Tauranga city centre and the Mt Maunganui eateries. Our Papamoa lifestyle village is a mere 10-minute ride by car to a good range of restaurants and bars close to the beach at The Mount, or you can enjoy a great night out in Tauranga and be home in 20 minutes.

Starting at the harbour in Tauranga, you can enjoy Harbourside restaurant. This is fine dining on the waterfront that focuses on fresh local produce and serves oysters from the nearby Coromandel beaches. This is seafood heaven; the wine list is well thought out and mixes beautifully with the outlook as the sun sparkles on the water—or sets as you enjoy a bite with friends.

Latitude 37 is a favourite at Mount Maunganui, just a hop, skip, and a jump from your sustainable senior living Tauranga home. You can eat here all day, and at night, you can enjoy a classic fish and chips, coconut curry and a cocktail. This is an excellent place to come for a celebration—or just to enjoy a leisurely brunch at the weekend.

At the retirement village in Mount Maunganui, you are located close to the nearby shopping precincts of Bayfair and Fashion Island, as well as many fabulous cafes and eateries.

Relax at the Mount Hot Pools

The Mount Hot Pools are a favourite of residents of  Papamoa retirement villages. Soak away the afternoon and work up an appetite at these very special salt water hot pools. Located just under Mount Maunganui mountain, you can relax in the soaking pool, take in some laps in the hydrotherapy pool, or bring the grandkids for a fun day trip to the kiddies' pool. 

The water temperature ranges from 27-40 degrees, so this is a summer favourite that can also be a wonderful winter activity.

Street Art Tour

The City Art Walk in Tauranga takes in contemporary light works, sculpture, graffiti art, traditional Maori carving, and a bunch more fantastic artworks. Comprised of 52 possible stops, you can take in the suburbs by car or just walk the Street Art Tour in the Tauranga city centre. Heading out to Mt Maunganui, another tour features artists like Mica Still and Flox and includes some wonderful galleries.

You could stay a week or two, stopping and starting as you like—a fantastic way to spend a day.

Get in Touch

If you are ready to retire in style in the gorgeous Bay of Plenty, Pacific Lakes Village will be the start of a rich and rewarding lifestyle.

Get in touch today to start living your best life.


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