Hiking Mount Maunganui

I spent the last two nights in a small town, Tauranga, which is about 2 hours SE from Auckland.

Right next door there is an extinct volcano, Mount Maunganui, which is supposed to be a great hike. It’s also the name of a quaint beach town, at the base of the volcano.

I did the hike yesterday and it was gorgeous! The town literally dead ends at this volcano; it’s a little peninsula with the Bay of Plenty on one side, and Tauranga Harbor on the other.

There are a few different routes you can take. I started with a walk around the base of the volcano; this alone gave amazing views! I know I’ve mentioned this before, but everything is so green – I love it! The walk was only about 45 minutes with pretty views of the bay and some islands.
I then went up the summit, which only took about 20 minutes. I went up the “difficult” side and down the “moderate”. The difficult was pretty steep, but they added in a ton of wooden stairs to make it easier. The whole way up you have incredible views.

I finely had nice weather (a tanktop and shorts!), so it was pretty warm going up.
The views at the top were worth it! You got a 360 degree view of the Bay of Plenty, which eventually turns into the Pacific Ocean. You could see the entire coastline, where the town was, some more islands, and far in the distance you could see mountain ranges.

Of course at the bottom there were sheep!

Pretty nice location for a town. 

They had a few signs that said “Cruise lines,” so it’s a pretty big port/cruise ship spot.
I’m now off to Rotorua for several days!


3 thoughts on “Hiking Mount Maunganui

  1. How pretty!! And to think you might have missed all that if you had stuck to your original plan. Did someone at a hostel recommend going there? Those steps look like they were a good workout. And the views from the top – just spectacular. So glad you had such wonderful weather. Enjoy your time in Rotorua. Love you!


  2. What a great location for a town.
    Sounds like a great day hiking, I loved those stone steps.
    Glad you’re getting some good weather.
    Pretty nice place for those sheep to be grazing!
    Love ya!


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