Mauao - our magical mountain - is an extinct volcano at the end of the peninsula. It is a sacred mountain that towers 232 metres above sea level. There is a steeper 'hard' climb to the summit and an 'easy' track around the base. This is a must-do activity when you stay downtown Mount Maunganui as the views are breathtaking.
THE LEGEND OF HOW MAUAO GOT ITS NAME
There were once three mountains that lived in the Hautere forest overlooking Tauranga Moana. One was Otanewainuku who still stands there today adorned with the tallest trees and beautiful birds.
There was also the female mountain Puwhenua, a beautiful hill, clothed in the finest ferns, shrubs and trees of the forest of Tane. The other was a maunga pononga or a nameless mountain.
The nameless mountain was desperately in love with Puwhenua. However, her heart already belonged to Otanewainuku.
There seemed like no hope for the nameless one who decided to end it all by drowning himself in the Pacific Ocean, Te Moananui a Kiwa. Calling on the patupaiarehe, the people with magical powers, the nameless one asked them to plait a magical rope and then haul him down towards the ocean.
Chanting, they began to haul the nameless one slowly towards the sea, gouging out the valley where the Waimapu River now flows. The name means ‘weeping waters’ and is so named after this journey to the sea.
The path also created the channel which flows past Tauranga City out to the ocean.
By the time they reached the ocean it was very close to day break. The sun rose fixing the nameless one to that place.
Being people of the night, the patupaiarehe fled back to the shady depths of forests but not before giving the name Mauao to this mountain which marks the entrance of Tauranga Moana.
Mauao means ‘caught by the morning sun’. That is the story of how Mauao got his name.
Voted New Zealand’s best beach, ‘the Mount’ is the ultimate summer destination. With perfect white sand and thundering waves, you won’t find a better place to swim, surf, sunbathe and socialise. Holiday memories are made here. You’ll find thousands of beachgoers every day here in summer but there’s more than enough room for you to spread out on the sizzling sand and enjoy a dip in the warm ocean waves.
Sea temperatures can reach 21°C or more in summer so this is a popular place to swim. Conditions are generally safe but waves can occasionally be rough and rips can form. The Mount Maunganui surf lifeguards regularly patrol this beach so look for their flags to find the safest area to swim.
This beach sits at the base of Mauao, Mt Maunganui’s iconic mountain, and runs for approximately 1km along to Moturiki (Leisure) Island.
Mount Hot Pools
As far back as 500BC, Hippocrates recognised the benefits of warmed seawater for its ability to rebalance and detoxify our bodies. Salt water bathing was believed to improve mobility by easing muscle and joint inflammation, and general aches and pains.
Today, those healing properties remain, and it’s all right here beneath the majesty of Mauao, Mount Maunganui. Come and soak in our heated salt water pools and experience the benefits for yourself. Top it off with a massage from our lovely massage therapists to really treat your body.
Standard adult admission is $14 but with your Mount Backpackers room key you will pay $11.20.
138 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
"Pohutukawa (po-hu-tu-ka-wa) opened its doors in December 2004, situated downtown Mount Maunganui in the heart of “The Mount”. Within walking distance to the bustling surf beach “Main Beach” and the quieter harbour “Pilot Bay”, the popular downtown shopping area sits right in the middle of a peninsula with the iconic Mount Maunganui (Mauao) on the end of the spit. Boasting sidewalk cafes and restaurants, specialist boutique style shops and galleries it is a holiday haven for international and national tourists alike.
At Pohutukawa we love New Zealand and all it has to offer, our gallery has a distinct pacific/New Zealand flavour and ambience with timber boardwalks and stone pebble floors which form the shaped of the koru. We have a fabulous selection of quality and affordable New Zealand art, for the garden and home, special gifts and souvenirs, amazing beaded jewellery, all carefully created and crafted by local and national artists, exhibitions by local up and coming artists which change monthly. Our store is equally enjoyed by New Zealanders and tourists alike." http://www.pohutukawagallery.nz/about/
Moturiki (called Leisure Island in English) is connected to the beach by a human-made land bridge and features a spectacular blowhole at the far end of the island which bursts into life during a large swell or high tide. It’s also a great place to enjoy panoramic ocean views and look back along the coastline. A well-formed walking track will lead you from the beach right to the very top and takes about 15 minutes.
Moturiki Island is also the best place to fish in this area because the beach itself is usually too busy for surf-casting. You can catch snapper, kahawai and gurnard off the rocks here.
Pilot Bay is one of our region’s premier destinations – a beautiful sheltered beach which sits on the edge of Tauranga Harbour and beneath Mount Maunganui’s towering mountain ‘Mauao’.
This bay runs along the southwestern side of Mount Maunganui’s peninsula and is sheltered from the open ocean. Small waves gently lap at the shore here as the tide flows in and out, providing calm swimming conditions all year round.
Pilot Bay’s sandy beach gradually rises upwards to become a wide, flat grass reserve which extends back towards the main road, The Mall. A wooden boardwalk runs parallel to this road so you can stroll the full length of Pilot Bay to reach the base of Mauao and the start of the mountain’s popular 3.4km base track.
A row of stately Norfolk Pine trees line Pilot Bay, helping provide a picture-perfect scene for cruise passengers as they sail through the harbour entrance and berth at the nearby port.
Pilot Bay is the best place to view these magnificent cruise ships up close. Bring a picnic dinner down to this beach and watch them depart on a warm summer’s evening. The largest ships attract huge crowds of locals who cheer and wave goodbye to passengers as they sail away.
Kaiate Falls Road, Waitao
Kaiate Falls (also known as Te Rerekawau Falls) is a 30 minute drive from Tauranga. The walking tracks are well formed, although quite steep in some places.
The main track leads to the top, and then to the base of the upper series of falls before continuing downhill to the lower falls. Another track, just below the car park, follows the stream back to the road bridge. Track junctions are well sign-posted.
Kaiate Falls is a a beautiful spot to cool down on those hot summer days, or even after extensive rainfall across the region the falls come alive and a spectacle to behold.
An ideal setting for explorers young and old
81 Truman Ln, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
ASB Baypark Stadium
At ASB Baypark, we deliver the best of both worlds. Our premier and contemporary conference facility is located in New Zealand’s fastest growing city with the country’s favourite Mount holiday beach right on its doorstep. Plus the compact nature of the Tauranga region means our conference facilities are in close proximity to Tauranga airport (and only 45 minutes from Rotorua International Airport), CBD, and extensive accommodation and entertainment options.
On-site, the multi-use portfolio of ASB Baypark rooms means we can accommodate indoor and outdoor activities of almost any type, scale and duration including sport, leisure, entertainment and business events.
Corporate events including conferences, meetings, awards, trade shows, exhibitions and gala dinners are superbly catered for. A dedicated in-house management team, acclaimed full catering service and audio visual capabilities, enhance the quality and experience that is ASB Baypark.
82 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
Located a 3 second walk from our front door!! "..Welcome to Astrolabe Brew Bar, the heart of Mount Maunganui’s local community. Our world famous bar is one of the great treasures of the pacific and boasts an abundant range of Mac’s finely brewed beer. We’ve also got more than our quota of a delicious fresh food with big burgers, monstrous pizzas, salads, steaks and seafood. Come on in anytime and relax in our shamelessly over decorated home away from home.."
73 Jean Batten Dr, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
Tauranga Airport (TGA)
Tauranga Airport is the fifth busiest airport nationwide and the third busiest in regard to general aviation. It has one main sealed runway and three grass runways, as well as a link taxiway and apron servicing a moderate sized terminal area.
The airport is centrally located in the city area and has a sizeable land holding of 225 hectares.
Tauranga Airport’s physical address is:
73 Jean Batten Drive
108 Willow St, Tauranga, 3141, New Zealand
Tauranga Art Gallery
Tauranga Art Gallery offers an ever-changing selection of the finest historical and contemporary art from regional, national and international artists working in a range of media.
Phone +64 (0) 7 578 7933
Cnr Wharf - Willow Streets, Downtown Tauranga
Box 13255 Tauranga, 3110, New Zealand
Open 7 days - 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cnr Maunganui & Girven Roads,, Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116
Bayfair Shopping Centre
For all your shopping needs! http://www.bayfair.co.nz/home
1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui
Choose from fishing on a Kayak, kayaking around the Mount or a kayaking trip you will always remember to the Glow worm Canyon on McLaren lake. Estelle, Dave and Dan take you where no man has gone before... a tour through spectacular native scenery in a glow worm canyon during the day or at night ... pure tranquility with the definite WOW factor.
Tauranga Tandem Skydiving operates from the Tauranga Airport located just 5 minutes drive from Mount Maunganui. This small and personal dropzone is able to offer impressive views ranging from White Island through to Mount Ruapehu. The top rate facilities and friendly staff will ensure that your tandem skydive is remembered as one of the highlights of your holiday and an experience that will be treasured forever. Visit www.tandemskydive.co.nz.
15 Mission Street, Tauranga
As a place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Encompassing category one listed heritage buildings and nationally significant collections – all set within a diverse and tranquil garden setting – this one hectare property is a must-see destination for visitors to the region.
For generations The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga has been a place for community to gather and learn - this tradition continues today. We invite you to come and journey through the expansive grounds, and enjoy a guided tour of the historic house and library. As you do you will get a rare glimpse into the past of this now bustling city.
85 Maunganui Road
Cycle Downtown to Papamoa
Love cycling? Rent a bicycle from us at a ridiculous in-house guest price and head off down to Papamoa for a loop back downtown. What do houses, schools, local shopping centres and our magical beachfront access look like in our area? Follow this map and find out!
85 Maunganui Road
Cycle Mataphi-Tauranga-Downtown Mount Maunganui
Fit and healthy and want to cycle tour? This route takes you along Maunganui Road, past Bayfair Shopping centre and down a little-known secret railway bridge that crosses the harbour right into downtown Tauranga. Continue around this area to see the local marina and waterfront and then head back over the main harbour bridge back to the best place in the Bay - downtown Mount Maunganui!