The township is located close to the Otamatea River, an estuarial arm of the Kaipara Harbour 25 kilometres north of Wellsford and 45 kilometres south of Whangarei. Maungaturoto also has its own motocross club (http://maungaturotomc.co.nz) where members regularly meet.
Maungaturoto School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 206. A school first opened in Maungaturoto in 1874.
Otamatea Christian School is a private composite (years 1-13) school with a roll of 39. It is a ministry of the Maungaturoto Congregational Church, and is waiting on Ministry of Education approval to become a satellite school to Kamo Christian School.
All these schools are coeducational and have a decile rating of 6.