Venue Types: Natural feature

Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Bay of Plenty area at top of Mt Maunganui or Mauao. Walking tracks are provided on Mauao Historic Reserve; it takes about half an hour to reach the summit.

Summer activities, beach and water sports are a huge part of Main Beach life, from which Mauao is accessed. Walk along the beach, watch surfers in the water or have a go and take part in one of the many activities on offer along the beach, from canoing to volleyball.

Maori legend describes Mauao as a pononga or slave to another nearby mountain, and fell in love with his Master's love interest Puwhena. Mauao with the help of Patupaiarehe, or fairy people, hoped to drown his sorrows by disappearing into the sea, never to return. His escape was signaled however at the last moment by light reflected from the rising sun onto those aiding him escape. Mauao means "caught by the dawn."

Image: by Allan Lee en.wikipedia.org

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