Mauao (Mount Maunganui) is the unmissable mountain that can be seen for miles. Treasured for its beautiful walks and amazing views – the Mount Maunganui Summit Track itself is most impressive.
Standing 232m above sea level, this iconic mountain is significant in many ways. The Mount Maunganui summit track is not easy, requiring a reasonably good level of fitness and mobility to climb to the top. With that being said, it’s a fantastic walk and the effort that is put in is rewarded. Be sure to take water and pace yourself.
Upon reaching the summit, you are able to see for miles and miles in all directions. From multiple vantage points, your views will range from overlooking the Pacific Ocean where multiple islands lie. Mount main and down the coastline towards Papamoa and beyond. Tauranga’s harbour, city and suburbs. Matakana Island, Bowentown and Waihi Beach. Behind all this the Kaimai Ranges takes its place in the far distance, ‘icing the cake’ with these breath-taking views.
There are multiple tracks that lead you to the summit, two being most popular. Oruahine and Waikorire. Both begin from the ocean side of the base track. The Oruahine track merges with the third track upon which you carry on up towards the summit. The third walking track starts near Pilot Bay. It is also a 4WD track that is used by vehicles during emergencies and for maintenance, not accessible to vehicles from the general public.
Before you make your way up the Mauao summit track, either side of each access points are public toilets. Near Pilot Bay and the front of the surf lifesaving club. Here nearby, you will also find a water fountain where you can enjoy a drink or fill up your water bottle.