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Dixie Browns

Our favourite restaurant’s are Dixie Browns and Latitude 37. Yep the one with the flames outside and the flaming good menu. Because we are located in central Mt Maunganui we are a short stroll to the best café’s and restaurants. Check out their Menus here

Dixie Brown Menu      Latitude 37 Menu

Latitude 37

The Beach

Mount Maunganui Beach is the local’s pride and joy. People from all over New Zealand are moving to Mount Maunganui for a slice of the beach life. The white, sandy beach stretches for miles, and the popular surf break is a must for budding surfers. Mount Maunganui beach has a number of Surf Life Saving clubs  that patrol the beaches, ensuring safe places to swim and play.  Voted on Tripadvisor as one of the top 25 beaches in the world!

Classic Flyers Museum and Cafe

Mount Maunganui has a secret, Classic Flyers. Classic Flyers is a fantastic venue for conferencing as well as a top notch cafe. Classic Flyers Cafe and Aviation Musuem is a must see for all. Great food  as well as a unique display of Aeronautical history. The Owner of Classic Flyers has an obvious passion for aeroplanes.

Aircraft are on display in the massive Classic flyers Hangar, from Jet Fighters to Bi planes, to the romance of a classic DC3. Scenic Flights are available too that cruise over Mount Maunganui and Matakan Island from $99 ea, Glider Flights and even a Boeing Stearman Bi Plane! A Boeing Stearman was a WW2 pilot trainer. Less than 9,000 of these were built in the USA during the 30’s and 40’s. So a flght on this beauty is an amazing opportunity. Flight aboard the Boeing Stearman makes and amazing gift for someone who has everything! give them an experience they won;t forget, gift vouchers for flights are available.

Classic Flyers:
Entry from $15pp

9 Jean Batten Drive
Mount Maunganui
Ph: 07 572 4000

Located 6 minutes drive (traffic dependent) from our central Mount Maunganui Motel location at Mount Maunganui/Tauranga Airport

Mount Maunganui Summit Walk

Start or end the day with a walk around our iconic Mount Maunganui Summit. Mount Maunganui Summit track is the most popular activity in the area. As such, the track is well maintained and safe to walk.  It takes a little over 1 hour to walk from Baywatch Motor Inn on Maunganui Road around the Mount Base Track and back. Add on 45 minutes if you want to walk to the top and take in the stunning panoramic views of Mount Maunganui.
Here is a  link to a printable version of the walk if you are wanting to experience this for yourself while staying at our Mount Maunganui Motel.
Printable map of the walk Mount Maunganui Summit Walk Map

Markets & Shopping

The Mainstreet of Mount Maunganui is  a haven for boutique shops,  vibrant cafes and restaurants.  Live Music, market days and cuisine from around world provide plenty of choice in the perfect holiday destination. Shops are open 7 days. Baywatch Motor Inn is a short walk to the Main Street of Mount Maunganui and also a short drive to the Bays’s biggest Shopping Mall, Bayfair.

For More information on Events and choices of shopping and eateries check out our local info website –

Mount Maunganui Golf

If having a world class beach a stones throw from our Mount Maunganui Motel was not enough, wait until you see our golf courses. Bay of Plenty has a number of top class Golf Courses. All these courses are within a short drive of Baywatch Motor Inn Mount Maunganui

Mt Maunganaui  Golf
Tauranga Golf Club

Local Bike Hire – Omafiets

What better way to explore Mt Maunganui than by Bike! Just a few doors down from Baywatch Motor Inn is Omafiets Bike Hire. They have a wide range of bikes to choose from and hire, from $15. We recommend grabbing a bike and biking along the beachfront footpath, or bike to Papamoa for lunch.


Download this handy map or Mt Maunganui cycle ways and walkways –