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Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
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All reviews watch the cruise ships fish and chips safe swimming board walk family picnic water activities picnic spot great spot to watch boat ramp grassed area young ones calm waters ice cream popular spot ships entering jet ski during summer
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We didn't have kids, but were thinking about the grandies while here and how they would have loved it. There are a few boats around but seem to be well behaved.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joan H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Pilot Bay is very popular and busy. The downside is getting a car park anywhere close unless you go really early. Council needs to provide more parking space as I, and others, have decided to avoid going there unless it’s off season

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ken M
Reviewed 4 days ago

A nice quiet family friendly beach. always packed in summer, calm and safe waters to swim in, and a lovely outlook

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CJO193
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a nice beach in the harbour which is a great spot to swim with the young kids as you don't need to worry about rips. Also nice for a picnic and to watch the cruise ships and other big vessels coming and going...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Olivia T
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pilot Bay is always a great place to watch all the happening, there is the cruise ships that go in and out of port on full tides and also lots of boats launching to watch etc

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kay P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pilot Bay is a great place for families. Paddleboarding, kayaks, boogie boards and kids. The boardwalk makes an easy walk to the base of the Mount, and plenty of grass if you don't want to sit on the sand. Parking is an issue on hot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank diver16
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can grab a car park this is a much friendlier beach for the littlies. Dogs are not permitted and if you want an ice cream or some lunch you can access great choices within a block

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Luvinspoonful
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pilot bay is ten minutes walk from the Mt Maunganui beach surf. It is in the inner harbour and has little to no waves. The water is shallow for a long way out when the tide is low which makes for safe swimming and paddling....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Melody H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love grabbing takeaways for dinner and parking up at Pilot Bay to enjoy it. Amazing dinner spot with a view 🖤

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank raakel-joy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While there was a bit of a bite in the wind, the sun was out, swimming was great. great to have tables, shade and grass verge as well as sand

Date of experience: December 2018
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