Mount Maunganui

One of New Zealand’s most popular beach resorts

the town

100% New Zealand beauty

Mount Maunganui is a town of about 30,000 people on the Eastcoast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is part of the City of Tauranga, which has a population of around 120,000.

Mount Maunganui is an ideal place to learn English – it’s a friendly and welcoming place, with locals who enjoy meeting people from other countries.

The town is a popular tourist resort, and the feeling is friendly and relaxed. The weather in Mount Maunganui is warm in summer and cool in winter. Mount Maunganui has a long, white beautiful beach and safe harbours.


Catch a wave or cruise the many cafes

Mount Maunganui has all the facilities of a big city. Water sports, team sports, restaurants, movies, cafes and bars…everything is here!

Many activities are available, you can enjoy surfing, sailing, fishing, horse riding, skydiving, jet-boating, scuba diving, restaurants as well as sightseeing trips to famous spots like Waitomo Caves.

Skiing is about 3 hours by car, white water rafting about 20 minutes. You can also try sports such as rugby, soccer, tennis and basket ball, take a hike and of course go to the beach! We can also organise activity courses, so you can study English and learn a new sport.

Please see our holiday courses for more details.


Steeped in rich history

Mount Maunganui (Māori pronunciation: [ˈmaʉŋaˌnʉi], locally /ˈmɒŋəˌni/) is a major residential, commercial and industrial suburb of the Tauranga metropolitan area, located on a peninsula to the north-east of Tauranga’s city centre. It was an independent town from Tauranga until the completion of the Tauranga Harbour Bridge in 1988, which connects Mount Maunganui to Tauranga’s central business district.

Mount Maunganui is also the name of the large lava dome which was formed by the upwelling of rhyolite lava about two to three million years ago. It is officially known by its Māori name Mauao, but is colloquially known in New Zealand simply as The Mount.

cost of living

Affordable and accessible

The cost of living in Mount Maunganui is reasonable, and many of the cafes and restaurants near the school give you a discount when you show your MMLC student ID! 

Nearly all car-parking is free in Mount Maunganui, including parking at the school.

Lunch costs between NZ$5 – $15 per day, depending on your choice, e.g Pizza Hut have a lunchtime pizza for $5, a McDonald’s Bic Mac Combo costs around $11.

A nice cappucino (NZ coffee is very good!) costs around $4.

There is a good bus service, and if you buy a commuter pass with your student ID it only costs $1.51 for a one way fare.

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