Alternate easy base walk option - challenge yourself - climb our local landmark for panoramic views of Tauranga City. See waterfalls, farms, kiwifruit orchards, and Manuka honey production all in one tour.
Private Tour. NZ $575 (US $407)
refreshments not included
Summit Climb: Challenge yourself, venture to the top of our most famous landmark Mount Maunganui (also known as Mauao). The summit climb requires a high level of fitness but you are rewarded by amazing views as we make our way to the top.
We start at the base track on the eastern side up to the summit then cross over and descend down the western side. The walking track is in good condition with plenty of stairs to climb and lots of photo stops for the amazing views of the offshore islands and coastline. Arriving at the summit (754 ft) you are rewarded with breath taking 360 degree panoramic views, look down on the vista of Tauranga City, Pacific Ocean surf beach, the hinterland and far as the eye can see. We make our way down the western side via the old 4 wheel drive track with completely different views arriving back at Pilot Bay. Time for coffee break!
Refreshed, our next stop is Moturiki Island an easy 10 minute walk to view the blowhole and take in an spectacular view of the beach and the mountain.
Easy alternate Base Walk: For those who want to enjoy a relaxed engaging walk, to stretch the legs, the wonderful base walk is an easy 40 minute stroll on a well developed track.
Tauranga Surrounds: We continue our tour with a 25 minute drive up the Kaimia Ranges to scenic McLaren Falls before returning to view Tauranga City highlights. We head east to the rural town of Te Puke the Kiwi Fruit Capital of the World a 30 minute drive, passing through dairy farms, kiwi fruit orchards where we take a shuttle tour of a working kiwi fruit orchard. Our last stop is the world famous Comvita Manuka Honey Factory for honey tasting and a live beehive display. Back to the Port where you have the option of relaxing in the hot pools at the base of the Mount or returning to your ship.