What To Do

Walk up and around Mount Maunganui

Enjoy the stunning sights of the Bay of Plenty from the top of Mount Maunganui. Take a leisurely walk or keep fit by jogging the fabulous Mount Maunganui track.

Surfing Mount Maunganui

Create a love affair with the Ocean. Want to learn to surf or improve on what you know already? The Mount is a great place to learn… and when the swells come in the surf is pumping! Lessons, board and wet suit hirage available. Mount Backpackers accommodation is only a 2 minute walk to the main Mount Maunganui Surf Beach.

Hire a surfboard at a discounted rate when you check in at Mount Backpackers.

Biking at Mount Maunganui

Bicycle rental for guests at Mount Backpackers is heavily discounted. Only $2 per hour.

Kayak Tours local to Mount Maunganui

Choose from fishing on a Kayak, kayaking around the Mount or a kayaking trip you will always remember to the Glow worm Canyon on McLaren lake. Estelle, Dave and Dan take you where no man has gone before… a tour through spectacular native scenery in a glow worm canyon during the day or at night … pure tranquility with the definite WOW factor. Visit www.kayaktoursnz.com.

Try the Ultimate Buzz! … Tandem Skydiving

Tauranga Tandem Skydiving operates from the Tauranga Airport located just 5 minutes drive from Mount Maunganui. This small and personal dropzone is able to offer impressive views ranging from White Island through to Mount Ruapehu. The top rate facilities and friendly staff will ensure that your tandem skydive is remembered as one of the highlights of your holiday and an experience that will be treasured forever. Visit www.tandemskydive.co.nz.

Watch and Swim with Wild Dolphins

Dolphins have a universal appeal, symbolizing freedom, joy, grace and serenity , uplifting the spirits of many people all around the world. Watch and swim with wild Dolphins … this is an experience of a life time. Visit Dolphin Safaris at www.nzdolphin.com.

Rafting the Wairoa River

The ultimate in Rafting in the Bay Of Plenty region, the Wairoa is a full on grade 5 river and is only open 26 days a year (every second Sunday September to May). The water is released from the Ruahihi Power Station to allow the 2-hour Rafting experience of a lifetime. The scenery along the rock and tree lined gorge is as much a part of the trip as the exciting waterfalls and rapids. The Wairoa River is situated between Matamata and Tauranga, at the base of the Kaimai Ranges. A picnic style lunch of freshly made Subway Roll, fruit, biscuits, chocolates and cold drinks are also provided.

Rafting the Kaituna Waterfall

With top class operators, experience the beautiful Kaituna river which boasts the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – A grade five and 7 metres, this truly gets the heart beating… set in the most stunning scenery seeped with Maori history; it really can’t get any better than this.

Ride the Kaituna Jet

If spinning 360’s jetting down the most picturesque river and having your heart leap every time you turn a corner makes you smile… then this trip is for you!
Visit www.Springloadedfunpark.co.nz.

Sledging Adventure on the Upper Kaituna River

Join our professional team for an adventure you�ll never forget. Customers will receive a door-to-door Sledging (Hydro speeding) experience on the Lower part of the Upper Kaituna River. Check it out at www.raftabout.co.nz/sledging.

Visit White Island … New Zealand’s only active marine volcano

White Island Tours offers you the incredible experience of exploring the inner crater of New Zealand�s only active marine volcano – White Island! Located 49km off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, White Island Tours offers its visitors a 6 hour adventure to this fascinating island volcano. Visit www.whiteisland.co.nz.

World class dive sites. Wreck dives.
Mayor Island marine reserve. Crayfish hunts.

Gear hire and Diver training included. Abyss Safari is ready to take you diving no matter what your experience level, beginner to technical. The best dive sites in the Bay of Plenty provide the opportunity to see a vast diversity of marine life over the surrounding reefs and offshore islands.