Mauao (Mount Maunganui)

Point of Interest

4.8 from 13 users.


Standing 232m above sea level, this iconic landmark is treasured by locals. Mauao means 'caught be the dawn' and the mountain is steeped in Maori history and mythology. Several historical pa sites (villages) have been built on this extinct volcanic cone, the evidence of which can still be seen today as you explore the popular walking tracks. It will take you around 45 minutes to circumnavigate Mauao's 3.4km-long base track. This is New Zealand's most popular walk, with expansive ocean views, majestic pohutukawa trees, peaceful beach inlets and numerous places where you can stop and admire the view. The wide, well-maintained pathway is suitable for strollers and you can finish your walk off with an ice-cream on the beach afterwards. Of course you'll find the best views right at the top. There are several tracks to Mauao's summit where you can enjoy breathtaking 360° views along the entire Bay of Plenty coastline, and out across the harbour to Tauranga and the Kaimai Range beyond. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: -37.630283 Lng: 176.172119

User Reviews



Loved the summit walk. Lots of steps but OK for us 65 year olds. Nice view. Worth the effort.



Really enjoyed the base walk, several other steep alternatives available. Beautiful, even on a grey rainy day!



Nice walk up to the summit. Lots of steps. Gets your heart pumping. Busy place. Sign says 1 hour to the summit but I think it took us half an hour. Amazing view! Would recommend!


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