Mount Maunganui, a coastal resort town known as New Zealand’s 'Surf City', is a 15-minute drive from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty.
Featuring plenty of surf schools and a great long left-hand break, the Mount – as it is known by locals – is popular with both beginner and expert surfers alike. The white sand beach stretches as far as the eye can see, and at the tip is the dormant volcano Mauao. Head here to catch some waves in summer and you'll find a buzzing beach atmosphere and plenty of passionate locals more than happy to have a chat about the area's popular surfing culture. Discover more top surf spots in the North island here.