Bay of Plenty Our Travels

Mount Maunganui, commonly known by locals as The Mount!

The beach is fantastic being flat and easy to access. There is a nice easy beach promenade with plenty of restaurants dotted along the road with wide open doorways and lip-free entry.

We wanted to venture up to the top of The Mount, the extinct volcanic cone that is the showcase of the town with a summit that is 232 metres above sea level. The views from the top are amazing! However, for half our party getting to the top was too much of a mission.

We discovered that the lower track around The Mount was suitable for power chairs, mobility scooters or a good all-terrain wheelchair with the caregiver on-hand to push where needed. My son and I decided to walk and wheel the lower track while the other half of our party ventured up the top.

On our walk, we discovered the extremely popular Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park located at the bottom and next to the beach. It consists of a few cabins, tent sites and an amenity block. The cabins have a couple of steps on entry but there are a couple of ramps they use to help access them. The amenity block has full wet floor showers in both the men and women’s but the access to them is over gravel with a bit of a gradient in places. We felt this campsite had an excellent location for all local amenities and right next door to the very popular – must visit – Mount Hot Pools! We also did spy an ‘accessible’ looking motor-home onsite. It was a converted horse trailer – very ingenious adaptations had been made to it to make it liveable. Maybe one day we will return and pitch our family tent or our dream accessible motorhome.

Places to stay and things to do in the area!

In the News with Council proposed developments!

 

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