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Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui

There are plenty of interesting sights around this 232m landmark peak. Heading clockwise around the base track from Pilot Bay, one of the first is the humble stone jetty just past the boat ramp. The jetty was built in the late 1880’s —so that Victorian picnickers clambering off boats didn’t have to get their flouncy skirts wet. Mount Maunganui Climbing Time is a 2 hour return trip. the easy Mount Maunganui base walk is around 40 minutes.

Further round ‘the Mount’ (as it is commonly known), off Stony Point stands the bronze statue of Tangaroa (‘God of the Sea’), a Maori warrior erected in 1976 by a former Mayor Sir Robert Owens, to celebrate the centenary of the Port of Tauranga. It’s best viewed from a small sandy beach reached by a track leading down from the base track. 

About three-quarters of the way round the base track, on the seaward side of the Mount, is a plaque in memory of the Bay of Plenty’s worst shipwreck that left 22 people dead. On Thursday 28 December 1950, the pleasure launch Ranui was returning from a trip to Mayor Island when freak waves smashed into and overturned the boat. Only one of the 23 passengers survived.

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