Hello, summer! We’ve been waiting for you all year. Bring on weekend roadies exploring this rad country we like to call home.
A three-hour drive from Auckland, Mount Maunganui is an ever-popular summer spot. For the ultimate weekend away, we teamed up with Tauranga local Rose Keddell to find out what’s good in this neck of the woods.
The Black Sticks player is all about embracing summer by hitting the ocean, tackling the Mount and ending the day with dumplings. Needless to say, we like her style!
To showcase all the gems, Rose captured her most gram-worthy moments on the new Samsung Galaxy S8. The summer must-have showcases a water-resistant design, dual lens and ensures the perfect snap—even when you’re taking photos at night!
Let Rose show you (literally) what’s good about Mount Maunganui.
Eat And Drink
It wouldn’t be a summer roadie without mouth-watering eats—washed down with a refreshing bevvy, of course! From silky coffee to moreish dumplings, we asked Rose to share her local faves with us.
Let’s be honest, summer is all about dining al fresco and no one knows this better than Octopus’s Garden. According to Rose, the friendly neighbourhood café has a “fun little garden out the back that gets a good dose of sun”. We are SO there. Better yet, they brew amazing coffee alongside an incredible brunch menu—anyone for cinnamon brioche French toast?
Heath Street Eat
Despite only opening in August, Heath Street Eat is already a local fave. And it’s no wonder why—the menu is jam-packed with deliciousness. Choose between the likes of Turkish eggs, berry pancakes and fish tacos. Rose’s fave? Smashed avo loaded with coriander and chilli. Save room for dessert because the café’s raw slices are both nutritious and delicious.
The Rising Tide
Craft beer, dumplings and a beautiful park… yep, there’s a lot to love about The Rising Tide! The brewhouse-slash-eatery keeps the good times rolling with 32 craft taps pouring New Zealand beers, ciders and wines. Rose is all about the live music and “super fun vibes”. Pair with dumplings from the on-site eatery, Johney’s Dumpling House, and you’ve officially nailed the perfect summer afternoon.
See And Do
Oh how we love you, Mount Maunganui. There’s no shortage of summer adventures with walking tracks, impressive surf and bustling markets. Here’s Rose’s weekend bucket-list.
No guide to The Mount would be complete without showcasing its namesake: Mount Maunganui. The base track is just over 3km and takes around 45 minutes to do a full circuit. For breath-taking views, scale the mountain to the summit for 360-degree views of the Bay of Plenty. Don’t be surprised if you cross paths with Rose herself—she loves running this route!
After working up a sweat, it’s time to hit the beach for a refreshing swim. Showcasing the East Coast at its finest, you’ll find white sand and azure blue waters. The waves pick up a fair bit so have your wits about you and swim between the flags. Make the most of the swell by riding the waves on your surfboard… or boogie board! Rose plans to spend summer upping her surf skills—go gal!
The Little Big Markets
Tauranga ups its market game over the summer months with the much-loved The Little Big Markets. Held at Mount Maunganui’s Coronation Park and Papamoa’s Pony Club, the bustling markets are all about live music, handcrafted goodies and, of course, great food. Arrive hungry to get amongst noodles, crepes, ice-cream and smoothies.
Wake Up For Sunrise… Or Stay Up For Sunset
Don’t get us wrong: summer is all about lazy sleep-ins. However, we strongly suggest embracing an early morning wake-up call to see the crack of dawn—literally. Watch the sunrise over the ocean as you stroll along the beach. Embrace the Zen vibes as you enjoy having the popular beach all to yourself. Not a morning person? Opt for fish and chips on the beach at sunset.
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