Activities at Mount Maunganui
The Mission Belle is perfectly situated in central Mount Maunganui, within walking distance to all the local attractions and right in the heart of Maunganui Road's vibrant stretch of restaurants, cafés and shops.
Popular Mount Maunganui (Mauao) itself is a spectacle to behold and has amazing walking tracks both all the way around and up to the top for the most impressive views.
The surf beach on Marine Parade is one of the best in New Zealand. Supervision by the surf club is seasonal, so please take care, there can be rip tides.
Try the much more sheltered Pilot Bay beach for calmer waters and a quieter environment. A great spot for the little ones and for watching the cruise ships come and go.
Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools
Relax in the Hot Salt Water Pools at the base of the Mount where you can also treat yourself to a massage. Private pools are also available.
Monday - Saturday 6:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Known as Leisure Island, it is located just off Mount Maunganui beach. It is connected to the beach by a man made land bridge. It was once an aquarium in 1966 but was then closed in 1981. Later in 1981 it was reconstructed into a water park with swimming pools, bumper boats and hydro slides, which operated until 1990 when it was removed from the island. Now Leisure Island is a great walk with views out to the sea.
Just opposite Moturiki Island, the reserve is famous for its early Maori burial caves. It has great views from the summit and houses a large playground for the kids.
Known as 'Downtown the Mount' and backing onto the Mission Belle Motel is the vibrant stretch of cafés, bars, restaurants and shops on Maunganui Road. There is plenty of choices for brunch, lunch and dinner or just a coffee on the go and boutique shopping for the whole family.
Bayfair Shopping Centre
Tauranga's premier shopping mall is Bayfair – a modern indoor centre featuring almost 100 different retailers on the corner of Maunganui Rd and Girven Rd.
Mount Maunganui Golf Club
The Mount Maunganui Golf Course offers a challenge to all levels of golf and is aesthetically pleasing to play. The club includes an 18-hole premier golf course, an outstanding Pro Shop and coaching facilities, a modern venue for a range of functions, on-site catering, a fully licensed bar – all only 5 minutes from the heart of Tauranga's business district.
Tauranga city is situated around one of New Zealand's largest natural harbours. The city is the civic, cultural and commercial hub of the region. There is a mix of retail shopping, cafés, restaurants and bars, art, culture and commerce.
The Tauranga port is one of the busiest working ports in New Zealand and provides excellent access for the 150,000 plus cruise ship passengers who visit each year.
Fernland Spa Mineral Springs
Be revitalized in the ambient main pool or one of the 8 spacious private pools. All pools are constantly filled with fresh 100% pure non-chlorinated mineral water. Pamper yourself with a massage and enjoy the picnic grounds. Located only 20 minutes from the Mission Belle Motel, Fernland is a special and unique experience.
McLaren Falls Reserve and Animal Park
A 30 minute drive from the Mission Belle Motel is the beautiful McLarens Falls and Marshalls animal park. 90 hectares of pastoral and horticultural parkland set alongside Lake McLaren.
One of the highlights of the park is the Waterfall Track where you can see glow worms after dusk. Enjoy a short, easy stroll to the picturesque waterfall and spot the glow worms on either side of the track. Part of the Waterfall Track is also wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly.
Marshalls Animal Park is accessed through the park and features exotic animals, a must-see for children.