Mount Maunganui walking track reopens

A much-loved walking track on the Bay of Plenty’s Mount Maunganui (Mauao) has reopened in time for the new year.

Some of the track to the 232m-high summit was washed away in April 2017, cutting access to those unable to manage the makeshift steps.

It was reopened with a small karakia (blessing) at 7am on 20 December.

A 30-40 minute hike to the top of this iconic mountain will reward your clients with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay of Plenty, from Papamoa’s white sand beach to the Kaimai Range in the distance. Mauao means “caught in the light of day” and the summit is a popular place to greet the dawn.

Reasonable fitness is required, but frequent stops to admire the views make this a good option for most.

Recommend your clients download the Aratiki app for a self-guided audio tour to learn more about the Māori ​myths that surround Mount Maunganui.