Mount Maunganui

Mauao provides an excellent walkway around its base.

A Walk With a View
The base walking track of Mt Maunganui is one of the most popular attractions of this beautiful peninsula. About 3km in circumference, the track is relatively gentle and useable for most fitness levels, taking about 45 minutes to an hour to walk around.

It offers superb scenery, from the inner harbour and busy port, the main harbour entrance, through to the ocean and main beach under the shade of the ancient pohutukawa’s (New Zealand’s Christmas tree).

The Mount, or Mauao as it is also known, is home to a variety of native birds and the conical dormant volcano is coated with a mix of bush and grazing sheep.

You can also hike to the summit, some  232 metres, which while only two kms, is for those with an average or more fitness level. The view at the top is superb, offering awesome scenes of surrounding islands and the Mount beaches and harbour. Allow 1 1/2 hrs return. (The record for the annual New Year's King and Queen of the Mountain race up and down the Mount is about 19 mins!).

Mount Maunganui Golf Courses
There are two top quality golf courses at the Mount - including Mount Maunganui Golf Course with it's championship 18-hole, par 72 course - a challenge to all players and great for all levels and abilities. There is also Omanu Golf Course - a fully irrigated 18-hole fairway with a membership of over 1,100.

There are plenty of places to take a dip at the Mount including two popular swimming complexes - Mount Maunganui Salt Water Hot Pools and Baywave. Both complex's offer a wide range of pools, hot pools and water slides to keep all the family entertained. Don't forget about the beautiful beaches that engulf Mount Maunganui and the Tauranga region - they are known for the warm temperatures and golden sand.

The Rock House
Indoor Rock Climbing – safe and fun for everyone! Indoor rock climbing is for all ages and abilities. A challenge for first timers or experienced climbers, in a safe and controlled environment. And for the more adventurous at heart we run guided out-door climbing trips.

Picnic on the Rocks
Once the site of an aquarium, the former Leisure Island has reverted back to its wild state, with a little help from the community, Environment BOP and the Tauranga District Council.

The tiny island, joined to the shore by a manmade walkway, offers a good track for those whose fitness levels are not that high. You can fish from the rocks above Shark Alley (not known for sharks, but good for other fish) and it is a good vantage point for those wishing to watch some of the many ocean-going events held there each summer, from the ocean jetboat racing to IRB championships.

Briar's Seaside Horse Trek
Get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Come horse back trekking with me beside the Pacific Ocean and over rolling green farmland with breath taking views. Guide your mount along the glistening sand and catch the Ocean in one of her many moods. On clear days you can see the whole Bay of Plenty from Coromandel to East Cape.

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