Mount Maunganui’s iconic mountain, ‘Mauao’, offers two distinctly unique and wondrous walking tracks. A base track, one of New Zealand’s most popular scenic walks around the base of Mauao. And of course, the summit track. Where you can walk to the summit of Mauao and relish the experience of unbeatable views. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Mount Maunganui, Matakana Island and Tauranga.
The base track is 3.4km long, taking around 40 minutes or so to complete. You can begin this walk around Mauao at either side. One nearing Pilot bay and the other nearing the surf lifesaving club.
The pathway is mostly light gravel, wide enough with plenty of room for runners, pushchairs and groups of people who wish to walk side by side. It is quite a busy track at times where a little cooperation between friendly individuals is needed to allow each other to pass.
On 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.
This walk is plentiful of views and things to see. Almost completely surrounded by water, Mauao offers beautiful views of Tauranga harbour, Matakana Island and the Pacific Ocean. If you are lucky enough to see a cruise ship arrive into the harbour or depart out to the open sea, it is truly something to enjoy. And if you enjoy looking over the rocks as you walk along, you may even catch a sight of a seal bathing in the sun or a penguin waddling about.
At different points around the track, you will find numerous park benches and seats to stop and rest, or to simply enjoy the scenery at hand. Fantastic views of Matakana Island, and other offshore islands visible on the ocean side of Mauao.
A truly wonderful track, a track that offers everything a walk could ever ask for. As you come to the end of either side you choose to walk, you’re only a short distance to nearby cafes and shops to enjoy a bite to eat or a cool drink on a hot day.
Location: At the end of Mount Maunganui
Length of walk: About 3.4 kilometres
Time Required: This track takes roughly 40 minutes to complete
Wheelchair Access: –
Will you get wet: No
Toilets: Yes. There are public toilets near both entrances to the base track
Dogs Allowed: No Dogs Permitted
Cellphone Reception: Yes
Track Quality: Nice, clean, clear tracks (Most of the time). Boardwalks and fine gravel tracks throughout.
Highlights: The absolutely wonderful scenery right round the base track