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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pilot Bay is peaceful and safe; it's also a good vantage point for watching the passing ships and smaller boats.

Thank 456dianab
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inner harbour swimming, nice and calm for the young ones. Lots of places to sit and watch the ships or escape the busy marine parade. Boats launched at the Mount end and food found at the other. Parking available

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pilot Bay is on the inner harbour side, so the water conditions are completely calm with no wave action. This makes it more comfortable for families with young ones. The beach is long, but is always busy during summer. A lot of people boat and...More

Thank john j
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely spot to sit and watch boats ships and people come and go. Take your lunch and sit at the picnic tables. Great spot in summer for the kids to swi. On safety

Thank Shazza252015
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Love swimming in Pilot Bay, as the waters edge is so close to the street. Parking is a premium and sometimes there is a short walk to the beach. The water is usually quite cold, but there are no waves to knock you over. I...More

Thank heatherkE4736WX
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Pilot bay is very relaxing area with good amenities for all which gets very busy when the cruise ships are going out round the mount.

Thank Bertinverness
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Great spot to take visitors, to either walk along heading to the Mount or to sit and have a picnic. BBQ's are wonderful idea.

Thank dmmillar
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We are so lucky to have this fantastic beach to take my 2 Girls along with my 90 yr old Grandmother to enjoy great family time!! If u have the chance go and enjoy it is magnificent!!!

Thank Matpearce
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

That witching hour kicks in and what to do with the kids? Take them on a scoot along the board walk watching the sea and at the same time safe as houses.

Thank David W
Reviewed 18 April 2018

The harbour area is not patrolled by lifeguards at all. It is an easy slope out to the deeper area so you do not need to worry about drop-offs etc. The swimming is good for people with younger children etc. Older people and teens tend...More

Thank GlanandJo
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