Part of the lower slopes of the Mount are run as an operational sheep farm. Around the months of July - Dec it's likely you will come across lambs of varying ages. Of course they are cute and cuddly, usually running with their mothers who are equally as cute and cuddly. However you must keep your distance and maintain respect. Obviously these animals become used to people passing through their territory, and appear to be tame and certainly don't move when you walk past them. But be sure never to chase them nor try to touch or catch them. Certainly never try ot ride on their backs!
Remember these sheep are neither pets nor zoo animals on display, so try to repect their area while you are a guest there. But enjoy the time you have so close to them, and if you are quiet and lucky, you will get very close to them. This is not always easy for the general public while travelling around. I think it's an ideal opportunity and added benefit of walking up to the summit of the Mount.
From time to time, poison is laid to control the rabbit population on the mountain. Signs are always erected to indicate this danger. So beware and be sure to supervise children at all times. Don't handle anything you are unsure of .
At various intervals and locations along the ocean beach, there are small enclosures where native grasses have been planted to help stop erosion of the beach. Please keep out of these areas to allow the grasses to take hold and do their job. They are clearly marked so it should be no problem identifying them.
Tauranga City Council requires that you do NOT take your dog for a walk on the mountain. And it is not permissable to ride your mountain bike up there either. Being run as a farm, and also suffering from fires and errosion, at times the ecology of the mountain is too fragile for dogs and bikes. Please respect this and abide by the rules.
At times, the paths on the mount can take you close to the edge, and there are no guard rails. As long as common sense prevails, you will be just fine, but you do need to be aware. Over recent yeras, there have been some landslides, and for a while the mount was closed to the public. Now reopened, evidence of these slides can still be seen. They may have been caused in part by some fires in recent years which have burnt off some of the native bush, leaving the soils exposed. So please also take care not to trigger any more fires with carelessly discarded cigarettes.