Pilot Bay Beach
Great place to relax and have a picnic, paddleboard, swim, and hang out with the family. Located in Mt Maunganui at the base of Mauao.
Calm water with a gradually sloping sea bed, great for young families or those not to keen on the surf. Often events held there in the summer like the Birdman competition, a hilarious afternoon! Take your fish and chips there in the evening and watch the cruise ships leave the harbour.
Great swimming for little ones as there are no waves. Walk along the boardwalk, hire kayaks or paddle boards and just generally a great social hub for families or fish n chips on the grass. Toilet amenities available.
“This small island sits just of the main beach in Mount Maunganui and offers a leisurely walk to what in the past has been a Maori Pa site, a quarry, an aquarium and a tourist destination (Leisure Island). It is adjoined to the main beach by a man made bridge.”
Rock Climbing Spot
“Rocktopia is less than 5mins drive from us here. All abilities can kill some time there and it's affordable. ”
“Best coffee and get in early for a dount or scone. Small but perfectly formed and its always filled with locals.”