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Whitianga VS Mount Maunganui

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1. Posted by Ellie44 (Budding Member 25 posts) 8y

Whitianga .vs. Mount Maunganui

Heading to NZ in about 4 weeks for a working holiday.
Which place is better to live? I terms of finding a job, things to do, other backpackers/ young pl, nightlife, and beauty...although they both looked quite nice from pictures.
I'm hoping to settle in this general area for the summer months.

Happy travels everyone.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 8y

Mount Maunganui without a doubt. It has Tauranga right there as a much larger city, has much nicer cafes and places to sit, has a way better beach, and of course the Mount itself, which is great to amble around and over and watch sunrise or sunset from.
Whitianga has a nice bay, and gorgeous scenery just a short drive away - but the drive there from Mount Maunganui would still count as short.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

I would agree. Whitianga is lovely but very small. Tauranga is sizeable town, so more practical in terms of looking for work, accommodation etc. I would base myself in Tauranga and it's easy to see Mount Manganui and then also Whitianga at any time.

My lasting memory of Whitianga is that I bust my toe open climbing down to Cathedral Cove - blood everywhere, lots of pain driving home - not that that's relevant or anything

4. Posted by Ellie44 (Budding Member 25 posts) 8y

Thanks for the advice!