Guided Walking Tour of Mauao

3.5 hours | Tauranga | T R G - 3 8 5
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Guided Walking Tour of Mauao
Hike Mount Maunganui to the summit of Mauao, commonly known as The Mount. As you climb up this extinct volcanic cone, you'll hear the legends of the area and learn about the historical events including how locals identify with Mauao, their Mountain. Discover significant landmarks, archaeological sites, harbor activities and wildlife habitats. Relax at the summit of Mauao with a light refreshment and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Tauranga region. Once you hike back down, it's a short walk to town where you can shop or walk back to the ship. If you prefer, you can take a soak with an optional visit to the Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools situated at the base of Mauao, additional entry fee required.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
At the summit, focus your lens on the panoramic views of the beach, the inner harbor and port, Matakana Island, and ships and boats coming and going through the small harbor entrance.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Standing 826 feet above sea level, the approximate 45-minute walk up to the summit traverses a diverse landscape of shade trees, gravel tracks, and wide open spaces.

Special Notes:

The walk is approx. two miles long at an elevation of 757 feet. Walking is on gravel paths, steps and uneven surfaces.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart wharf with guide and meet outside port gates for health and safety briefing, group assessment

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:20

Commence flat walk along the bay towards the base of the Mount, stopping at van to stow extra bags, swimwear, be given water bottle, optional walking pole and apply sunscreen.

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:30

Commence walk up the Mount, stopping twice at legend and significant rock pile. Then begin climb up historical soldier stairs & stopping to catch breath and listen to the guide

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:35

Walk along path taking in views. Stop and listen to the guide explands islands and obsidian. Walk to next stop to drink water and explain Karewa island and Legend.

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:35

Continue to climb on northern track. Stop to observe climbers on rock face or climbing area. Continue along northern track heading towards western side to a short view stop for photos & drinks.

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:00

Commence 1st short steep climb, stop to catch breath, continue climb, another rest stop, continue climb. Continue to the very top wheere you will rest, snack & take photos.

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:00

Commence decent down, stop to hear about Maori Pa site and warfare. Option to go to local pools for swim (extra cost), be guided back to ship, or independently walk to town.

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:30