Mount Maunganui is both the name of a resort coastal town and the extinct volcanic cone that rises above the area. The cone is officially called by its Māori name, Mauao, but is known in New Zealand as simply The Mount. The town of Mount Maunganui is located in the Bay of Plenty region, and is unique in its geography: the town is located on top of a sand bar connecting Mauao to the mainland. This geographical formation is known as a tombolo, and it means that Mount Maunganui has both a harbour beach and an ocean beach close to one another. The ocean beach is known for its amazing—and in some spots, highly dangerous—surf conditions.
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