Mauao Summit & Base Track Walks
The Mauao Summit and Base Track walks are a must for everyone visiting The Mount. The Summit Track reaches 232 metres above sea level and takes about 40 minutes to reach the top. The track can get quite steep in sections, however, the stunning views from the summit will be your reward! On a clear day you can see as far as White Island and the Coromandel Ranges.
For a more leisurely experience, the Mauao Base Track offers an easy 3.5km (45 minutes) oceanside walk. The rock pools and groves of pohutukawa trees will ensure you take lots of photos.
The start of the walks are 3.4kms from The Reef Beachfront Apartments – a 6 minute drive or 40 minute walk. There is plenty of parking around the base of the Mount, although getting a park in the weeks or during summer can be a challenge.
Please take all of your rubbish away with you because there are no rubbish bins on or around Mauao.
History of Mount Maunganui
Mount Maunganui was initially known colloquially as ‘Maunganui’ until 1907, when the name was rejected during the application process to name the area when the first subdivision of land was carried out; it was dismissed as being too similar to other towns’ names. One of the early settlers, J. C. Adams, then suggested three alternative names, which were Te Maire, Tamure (the Māori name for Snapper), and Rakataura, with the latter name selected by the Survey Department. The official name Rakataura never came into common use as Maunganui had long been the unofficial name of the town. The name Mount Maunganui was a rebranding by early developers, changing it from Rakataura. The current name is an example of a tautological place name, maunga being a Māori term for mountain (nui means “big”).
Mount Maunganui fought fiercely and successfully during the 1950s to retain independence from Tauranga, then failed with the completion of the harbour bridge in 1988.
One of the founders of Mount Maunganui was J. C. Adams in the early 1900s. His original house (the first home ever built at Mount Maunganui) still stands at 4 Adams Avenue. (Wikipedia)