10. Mount Maunganui: Self-Guided Audio Tour
Soak up the vibe on this fun self-guided audio tour of Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui is a relaxed and happening place to get some sun and hit the beach. On one side of the mountain is a stunning boat harbor and, 5 minutes away is an ocean beach perfect for surfing and swimming. This self-guided audio starts at the harbor, where you’ll learn much of the Maori history of the area including the tribal ancestry. Years ago, abundant seafood (Kaimoana) provided an attractive area for settlement in what is now a popular spot for commercial and recreational fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming with dolphins and much more. Next, you will hear about Maunganui, which in Maori translates to big mountain. You will learn about seafarers, traders and missionaries, and trade between Europeans and Maori. Take a leisurely walk of the “base” track and if you’re up to, take the summit walk for spectacular 360-degree views. Hear the Maori legend of Mount Maunganui/Mauao, Tangaroa (the Maori god of the sea) and Te Kuia, the “old lady” who local fishermen pay homage to. Check out the nearby Islands, Matakana, Motiti, and Tuhua, and learn about New Zealand’s endangered Tuatara. Conclude your tour by unwinding in the perfectly heated thermal saltwater pools and baths. During the course of your tour, you will also visit Mount Drury Reserve, Maunganui Road, the Surf Museum and Bayfair shopping center.