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Mount Maunganui Self-Guided Audio Tour
"Soak up the vibe on this fun self-guided audio tour of Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui is a relaxed and happening place to get some sun and hit the beach. On one side of the Mount a stunning boat harbour and 5 minutes away an ocean beach perfect for sur canoeing kayaking boating swimming with dolphins and much more. Next you will hear about Maunganui the Maori meaning big mountain. Learn about seafarers
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Rotorua Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui
Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui""Your tour includes an overview of Mount Maunganui to see beautiful beaches and million dollar homes visit to Kiwifruit Country including kiwifruit orchard enjoy wine and fruit tasting plus souvenirs. Travel past beautiful forests lakes and farmland then over to Okere Falls to see thrill seekers river rafting & kayaking.Next off to Rotorua to visit Te Puia Geothermal area and Maori Village  and immerse yourself in Maori culture
From NZD159.00
 
Private Shore Excursion Rotorua Geothermals Pohutu Geyser and Mudpools
Geothermals Pohutu Geyser and Mudpools""This private tour for up to 14 people features Mount Maunganui Beaches and multi-million dollar homes before visiting the Kiwifruit Country Store 36 for Kiwifruit tasting plus souvenirs.Travel past beautiful forests lakes and farmland to Okere Falls and watch the thrill seekers river rafting & kayaking. Then off to Rotorua to immerse yourself in Maori culture including a rousing cultural performance see bubbling mud pools and the stunning Pohutu Geyser at the Living Maori Village *Whakarewarewa or Te Puia (entrance fees extra). Lunch will be at The Lakeside Cafe (additional costs apply) next to beautiful Lake Rotorua then drive through the picturesque Government Gardens and past the historic Blue Baths
From NZD795.00

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Walk up the Mount

One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

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empresstraveller
Mar 08, 2013

Tracks up the Mount

There are also other routes for those that are afraid of heights which avoid the steep drops.. If you follow the 4x4 track it will also take you to the top, it is a steep climb but you miss the narrowness of the other tracks. I took this one going up and took the narrow steps down. You can get to it if you start on the Harbour side and follow the sign for Summit.

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traveller21
Jul 21, 2010

Climb Mt Maunganui or do the base walk

We did the climb walk to the top of the Volcano, however I didn't make it all of the way, as it was quite windy and the track was very narrow indeed in places....however if you're not afraid of heights and of looking directly down the cliff at the sea, I'm sure you'd enjoy it as the view from the top is spectacular.

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Kate-Me
Dec 02, 2009

Walk around the Base of the Mount.

One option is to walk the Base track of the Mount. this takes about 45 minutes, but hopefully you will have time to spend longer here. The track is wide and mostly flat, and has a variety of views ranging from the harbour round to the Ocean. In the photo you can see The Mall on the harbour side. This is looking over Pilot Bay.
Plan to take a small picnic with you as there are several places where you can stop and enjoy the view.
This base track is accessible by wheelchairs and pushchairs, but you need to get a key for the gates from the Hot Pools, situated at the base of the Mount, on Adams Avenue. You will be asked to pay a refundable deposit and asked to be sure to relock, and not to let any sheep get through.
On the ocean side of the Mount, the Marine Parade Boardwalk continues for a while around a short part of the base. This area is very nice.

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kiwi
Nov 01, 2005
 
 
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Climb to the Summit

If you enjoy a reasonable level of fitness, you should easily be able to climb the Mount. This takes about an hour to get to the top and less to descend. If you have time to spare, then make lots of stops and take in the views. VT member allikat and I used the Summit Road to ascend, and this gave wonderful views looking back over the harbour and Matakana Island. You can also see beyond this to the ragged skyline of the Kaimai Ranges.

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kiwi
Nov 01, 2005

Viewing from the summit.

While you are at the summit of the Mount, there are often things to see. Quite a frequent site is the container ships going out of the port, through the channel between the Mount and the island seen here in the photograph.
It's a great place to be when the huge ocean racing power boats come to town as they go right by here as well! Also great for viewing some of the larger passenger liners and behemoths such as "The World" coming in. Of course whales and dolphins can be visible at times if you are lucky. Orcas too!

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kiwi
Nov 01, 2005

Climb the mount - of course!!

The dominant feature of the town is the mount itself, Mauao. The name means 'caught by the dawn' and refers to an old Maori legend. The name Maunganui means, roughly, 'big mountain'.
Mauao stands 232 meters high, and as well as a base track taking you around the bottom of the mount, there are several tracks winding up to the summit. They can be steep in parts, but are easily walked in about an hour if you have the inclination coupled with reasonable fitness.
The views from the summit make your efforts worthwhile. On the day I climbed to the top with VTer 'Kiwi' we sat and watched a group of paragliders catch the thermals and enjoyed the view of the town and the distant islands out in the Bay of Plenty.

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allikat
Oct 30, 2005

Take a Hike!

Mount Maunganui the town is named after the major landmark there, which is in fact a mountain. This small mountain has a couple distinct walking/jogging paths, and it gets plenty of use by the locals as a training.

The other interesting thing about this hike is that you are actually walking on an active sheep farm. We did not make it to the top, so I can not tell you about how beautiful the view is... but as evidenced by this picture, you can see that however far you make it, the view is spectacular!

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ATXtraveler
Aug 05, 2005

Top 5 Mount Maunganui Writers

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"Mauao/Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty"
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"MOUNT MAUNGANUI....MAGNIFICENT!!!"
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allikat

"Mount Maunganui - A Great Beach Resort!"
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ATXtraveler

"Mount up and Head Out!"
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"Mount Maunganui North Island"
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Hike the volcano

This is a fairly easy hike, very well marked. I'd rate it intermediate to somewhat strenuous in certain sections. But then you'll find other areas are paved. You'll get some amazing views of the town from up there, it's well worth it.

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Sduarte
Mar 12, 2005

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Agrodome

The Agrodome can be defined as an amusement park mixing adrenaline and family attractions. There is no entrance ticket, you just pay for the attractions you try. We stopped in the Agrodome to...
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