Mount Maunganui, (Mauao) is a dormant volcanic cone resting at the end of the town’s peninsula bearing its name.
Central to much of the
beach side visitor activity and surf lifesaving competition action over
the summer months, it also boasts one of the most popular walkways in
the Tauranga region.
Mauao provides a safe circular 45 minute track for keen runners and
walkers or those taking in the fantastic scenery. There are many
restful seating areas to watch ships and boats cruise by.
For the more adventurous and physically fit, there is a walking track
taking you to the summit of the Mount. After a good, strong uphill
walk through native bush, the stunning views over the coast and town are
The south-western side of Mount Maunganui is a popular place for
experienced paragliders, with continual rising thermals giving excellent
opportunities for the sport.
Mauao is of great importance to local Maori and has been for more than 600 years, as a place of occupation, defense and refuge.
Please note: Tauranga District Council asks visitors not to smoke
cigarettes or light any fires on the mountain, as this is a fire danger
to vulnerable flora and fauna.