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Things to do with kids in
Mount Maunganui & Tauranga With Kids

Mount Mauganui and Tauranga are one of the fastest growing areas in the country, as people flock to the brilliant combination of urban living with the beachside lifestyle – this makes it the perfect place for a family holiday with lots of things to do in Mount Maunganui and Tauranga with kids.  

The harbour hosts many cruise ship visits each summer and is popular with windsurfers, jet skiers and all those who love water activities. The Strand waterfront area in Tauranga has a kids play area with water feature, seating areas and cultural artwork. There is even a sculpture trail of the children’s book character “Hairy MacLary” in honor of his creator – Tauranga local – Dame Lynley Dodd.

Head over the harbor bridge to Mount Maunganui, more locally known as simply ‘The Mount.’ Mount Main Beach is the perfect place for kids and adults alike. Watched over by life guards during the summer months, Main Beach is the perfect spot to relax before wandering the short distance to Mount Main street to experience the vibrant café culture, boutique shopping and beachfront parks or reserves.

You can’t take a trip to The Mount without taking advantage of its no 1 natural attraction – Mauao. Climb Mauao for amazing views. It takes 30 mins! Well worth the walk once you get up there – see who is faster, you or the kids! The perfect family activities in Mount Maunganui! 

Situated at the base of Mauao are the Mt Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools, the country’s only geothermally-heated hot salt water pools. Next door, is the fantastic Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park; the perfect base for a holiday. 

Marshalls Animal Farm, has 35 acres of pleasant farm animals and entertainment. Pathways lead you up close and personal to have animal encounters. Kids can even feed the animals!

There are plenty of kids activities all around Mount Maunganui and Tauranga.