Mount Maunganui (The Mount)

Mount Maunganui, located only minutes from Tauranga on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, is a thriving hub of activity in the summer and a quiet, peaceful beachside town during the winter months.  But year-round it offers a laid-back café scene, some exquisite dining, interesting craft and souvenir shops, as well as a spectacular beach and harbour only minutes from the main centre.

The Mount

The Mount, or Mauao as the volcano is also known, is covered by bush and grasslands and home to a variety of native birds.  It has great historical significance in that it was once a Maori pa site, where a small number of defenders could easily protect the summit due to a narrow pass which served as the summit’s only means of access.
Take a stroll around the base of The Mount or if you want to enjoy the 360 degree views, take one of the several tracks to the top. On a clear day it is worth the effort (take your camera).

Today, visitors and locals enjoy walking the base track or hiking to the summit of Mount Maunganui.  The base walking track is one of the most popular attractions of this beautiful peninsula.  Although a base track, it offers beautiful scenery of the inner harbour and busy port, small rocky bays that are good for snorkelling, as well as stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and main Mount Maunganui beach. 

The base track, about 3km in length, is relatively gentle and usable for most fitness levels, taking about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. There is also plenty of opportunity to view the spectacular scenery with picnic chairs and tables at various points along the track.

A hike to the summit, approximately 232 metres, of Mount Maunganui is more suitable for those whose fitness levels are average or above.  The view from the top is outstanding, offering superb views of surrounding islands, and the Mount beaches and harbour.  This hike takes approximately 1 ½ hours to complete, however, this will vary depending on which track you take and your level of fitness.

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