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Mount Maunganui is a town located on a peninsula to the north of Tauranga in New Zealand's North Island. it is also the name of the extinct volcanic cone which rises above the town. It is colloquially known in New Zealand simply as The Mount. The peninsula has developed from a sand bar, and is still very sandy.
The town of Mount Maunganui is a coastal resort with some apartment blocks, and a major port is located on the western (harbour) side. It is also well-known for the quality of its surfing conditions, though parts of the beach are notoriously dangerous. It is regarded by many as a northern suburb of the rapidly growing city of Tauranga, which lies only ten kilometres to the south.
The conical headland which gives the town its name is 230 metres in height, and dominates the mostly flat surrounding countryside.
The mount has become a firm favourite with holiday makers and others wishing to retire. It has many activities and its salt water pool at the end of the main pilot bay roadway provide an excellent opportunity to unwind and relax before travelling further field or using Mt Maunganui as a travel base for seeing further sites in Bay of Plenty area.