Shopping & Nightlife
'Downtown the Mount' is the prime shopping and dining hub in Mount Maunganui. It's situated between the stunning ocean beach and picturesque inner harbour. The beach town offers a great mix of retail shops, exquisite boutique fashion stores, charming gift and souvenir shops. Whether you're shopping for a new bathing suit to show off at the beach, or souvenirs for the family back home, the Mount has it all!
Big Little Markets
This Iconic Mount market was launched in 2009 to create a place that would bring communities together – and it certainly does – this is always busy and food stalls sell out so get there early for lunch. It is held downtown Mount in the Coronation Park 9am – 2pm.
It is a place to hang out, enjoy the surroundings, especially when a huge cruise ship is in town, sit down on a blanket and listen to the great music while eating amazing food from different stalls and also gives you the opportunity to buy local goods from home grown produce to a various range of craft. There are some seriously cool kiwiana art that you can send home and treasure!
Bayfair Shopping Centre
Not far from Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers is Bayfair Shopping Centre. On the rainy or somewhat colder days, it's a great place to do your shopping! They have a great variety of clothing shops, shoe shops, pharmacies and supermarkets and you'll find a food court if you're getting hungry from all that shopping!
It's open daily from 9am to 6pm.
Life in Mount Maunganui certainly doesn't come to a halt after hours! Downtown the Mount' is also well known for its buzzing night life. There is a good variety of bars and clubs where you can go and have a good time until late at night. From rustic pubs and beer-gardens with live music, to bars with the best craft beers in town! There are many restaurants to choose from for dining out. We have made a selection for you so we know that you will have guaranteed good food.
For all the sushi lovers, Satori Lounge is the place to go! Experience beautiful food and design, infused with music for the soul. Satori Lounge serves up sushi with a difference. It's a fusion of Japanese and South American style sushi which is rolled fresh to order just for you! They have an outside garden courtyard situated to capture all day sun! Sip delicious cocktails while dining on sushi and listening to laid back beats.. only a short walk down from Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers!
For those who enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, live music and affordable food, Astrolabe is where you should go. They have an amazing beer garden with often live music played from the caravan, yes you read that correctly! Go on a Tuesday and get a beer, burger and fries for only $10!
Mount Brewing Company
If you are a craft beer lover or if you consider yourself a connoisseur of hand crafted beer, then you definitely need to try the fresh and tasty beer Mount Brewing Company has to offer which they have hand crafted in Mount Maunganui since 1996. They have amazing platters, a pool table and often have a live band so easy to stay too long here.
Pizza Library is well known in town for it's large, handcrafted gourmet pizzas for which they only use the freshest of local produce. Having food at the Pizza Library is quite an experience. They have an eccentric library quirky kind of theme where you can sit in old cinema and coach seats. The pizza's are named after books and they will be served to you by to hat wearing servers. It is one of a kind with it's unique fittings, live music and bustling atmosphere. In case you're not feeling like going out for food... they also deliver at the backpackers!
Mount Social Club
Mount Social Club is a restaurant, tapas and events venue just down the road from Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers. They have live music every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. For their food, they only use free range meat and fresh local produce. They are famous in town for their themed party's which they organise almost every weekend, from masked events to 80's and 90's dress up party's. This is definitely a backpacker’s hangout. Download the Mount Social Club Brochure
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