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Maunganui, Mt

Also known as Mauao

Mauao, more commonly known as Mt Maunganui, is a 232 m volcano which guards the entrance to Tauranga Harbour. Occupying a prime location in one of New Zealand’s busiest holiday hot spots, many will be familiar with Mauao’s position overlooking the main beach. Bagging Mt Maunganui is a great introduction to peak bagging, as the paths to the summit are well maintained, and it’s a short return journey.

Maori Legend

“According to Maori legend, this hill was a pononga (slave) to a mountain called Otanewainuku. The pononga was in love with a hill called Puwhena, but she had already fallen for his captor.

In despair, the nameless hill decided to drown himself and he called upon the fairy people (Patupaiarehe) to assist with his endeavour. The fairy people began dragging him toward the sea, however, these nocturnal imps lost track of time, and as they neared the ocean, the rising sun signalled their disappearance.

The nameless one was left in the very place where he still stands, and became known as Mauao, which means “caught by the dawn.”

Source: AA 101 Must Do’s

List Status Official
Elevation 232 m (761 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 37° 37′ 49″ S, 176° 10′ 19″ E
Nearest Town/s Mt Maunganui, Tauranga
Geology Volcano
Translation Big mountain (Maunganui), caught by the dawn (Mauao)
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 1-2 hours (return)
Distance 3.8 km (2.4 mi)
Start/End Points Pilot Quay, Mt Maunganui
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Path
Season Help.gif All year
Sights Views , Views of Tauranga harbour, Matakana Island

Getting There

By Car

To get to Mauao, simply aim for the Mt Maunganui town centre and continue following the main roads until you ‘hit’ the peak. The closest parking is available along Marine Parade or at the wharf area on the corner of Adams Ave and The Mall.

Public Transport

The Mount is serviced by public bus with local connections to Tauranga and Papamoa, and wider regional connections as well. See the public transport information available from Tauranga City Council. As it is a built up area, taxis are available also.

Google Earth Map

NZ Topographic Map

Our Recommended Route

There are several paths up and around Mount Maunganui, which means that you can take your pick whether to go up the gentle way (gravel path) or the steep way (stairs). If you don’t feel like climbing the Mount, you can also do a circuit around the base of the mountain!

We suggest starting from near the surf club on Marine Parade and walking up the steep way via the stairs to get a good workout! On the way you get to see great views of Mt Maunganui Beach and out to sea. To the top it takes about 30-45 minutes at a gentle pace.

At the top of the Mount there is a big grassy area with a trig, a memorial, and great panoramic views of the town, Makatana Island and the surrounding coast.

To get down, try the gravel path instead for a gentler descent and a chance for different viewpoints. The full trip takes about 1-2 hours, depending on your speed and time spent relaxing at the summit. Afterwards, treat yourself to a snack at one of the local cafes located at the base of the mountain.

For another excellent description of the walk to Mt Maunganui summit, see the NZ Tramping Tracks Mt Maunganui summit page

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External Links

Te Rae o Papamoa

Also known as Papamoa Hills Regional Park

From the park visitors can see Mauao (Mount Maunganui) and the Tauranga harbour in the west through to Putauaki (Mount Edgecumbe) and Moutohora (Whale Island) in the east.

Te Rae o Papamoa ‘Papamoa hill’ is the highest point on the ridge (224m above sea level).

The Park can be seen from the coastline and from a wide area of the surrounding plains.

The Bay of Plenty’s first regional park, the Papamoa Hills Regional Park or Te Rae o Papamoa, opened to the public in July 2004. The focus of the Park is the rich Maori cultural history. The Park has been created because of its heritage – the archaeological/cultural values that are present on the ridges and hilltops. There are eight pa sites within the Park boundary, with others visible on adjacent land.

The area has seen complex and at times confrontational settlement phases and represents the genealogical ties that link local iwi and hapu. Those who have participated in the shifting patterns of occupation of the Papamoa Hills include Ngamarama, Waitaha, Ngati Ranginui, Ngaiterangi, Ngati Pukenga, Nga Potiki and Ngati He. The Park is a tribute to the descendents of the Takitimu, Mataatua, and Te Arawa waka

The Park is a significant cultural, recreational and historical asset to the people of the Bay of Plenty region. The Park is significant in New Zealand’s archaeological landscape as there are few examples of historical occupation of such complexity in such a relatively small area.

The Tauranga Basin is a pleistocene, fluvial estuarine basin that has been partially in filled by terrestrial and estuarine sediments of volcanic origin. The Papamoa Range lies between the Tauranga and Maketu Basins and is flanked to the south by the Mamaku Plateau. The range comprises andesitic volcanics, a series of younger dacitic and rhyolitic domes and dacitic ignimbrites. Volcanic domes are prominent features in the landscape. Springs can be observed flowing from the domes in proximity to the numerous pa sites.

The Papamoa dome (Papamoa Hills) is footed by fluvial terrace deposits from past tributaries, with more modern stream deposits of sand, silt and gravel that stretch to the coastline.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 224 m (735 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 37° 44′ 15″ S, 176° 16′ 57″ E
Nearest Town/s Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Whakatane
LINZ Topographic map/s BD37 Tauranga
Range Papamoa Hills
Translation Titiro ai tatou ki nga ra o mua.Hei whakatikatika i te huarahi mo tatou me o tatou uri a muri ake nei.

Look to the past to get the right pathway for generations now and generations to come”.

Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2 hours return
Distance 4 km (2.5 mi)
Start/End Points Car Park & toilets to Peak/Trig return
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Marked Route, Unmarked Route near summit only, Steep embankments, Farmland (shut any gates!)
Season Help.gif all season
Sights Views, Birds, Forest, Maori heritage , Tauranga Moana to Maketu BOP Coast & Estuaries
Hazards Mist, High winds, Mud, Unstable tracks , livestock, slippery tree leaves

Getting There

How to get there

  • Distance from Tauranga: 20km (20minutes)
  • Distance from Rotorua: 65km (45minutes)
  • Distance from Whakatane: 80km (60minutes)

From Tauranga, travel east on State Highway 2 towards Whakatane. About 1 km past the Papamoa/Bell Road turn-off on the left, turn right into Poplar Lane. This is a busy road with roadworks ongoing related to the construction of the Eastern Arterial – be careful. Drive down toward the quarry & turn right just before the quarry gates onto the Park Road & on up into the public car park.

From Rotorua, two routes:

  • a) Route 5 signed Hamilton then right Route 36 signed Ngongotaha CARE turn left Route 36 Tauranga Direct Road. Follow 36 & right onto Route 29 via Pyes Pa & the historic Maori battle site at Te Ranga. Follow 29 to Baypark Stadium, over the railway lines & turn right onto Route 2 (signed Te Puke) & follow turning right onto Poplar Lane before Te Puke.
  • option b) Travel Route 30 (signed Whakatane) then Route 33 (signed Paengaroa & Te Puke) via Okere Falls (whitewater rafting, cafe & shop). At Paengaroa go left Route 2 to Te Puke. The Park is 5 km after Te Puke on the left. Turn left from SH2 into Poplar Lane.

From Whakatane, follow State Highway 2 through the beautiful Matata coastline towards Tauranga. The park is 5km after Te Puke on the left.

Google Earth Map

Our Recommended Route

Follow the signposted track from the public car park & novaloo toilets up through the pine forest to the summit

Route Options

Unsigned access over grassland as you approach the summit, see the information board or For more information on the Papamoa Hills Regional Park, phone Environment Bay of Plenty on 0800 ENV BOP (368 267) or email info@envbop.govt.nz

Warning

Weather conditions can change quickly, exposed coastal sitiation

Images

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External Links

http://old.boprc.govt.nz/Discover-Our-Region/Papamoa-Hills-Regional-Park.aspx

References

Information entered from public data by Te Whetu Aratakihttp://www.bayofplentynz.com/getsupplier/supplier_ov=2348_.html

Papamoa Hills Regional Park Management Planhttp://old.boprc.govt.nz/Plans/Plan-070715-PapamoaHillsRegionalParkManagementPlan.pdf

Dept of Conservationhttp://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/getting-involved/consultations/closed-consultations/nz-tentative-list-papamoa.pdf

Cultural and Archaeological Assessment: Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park (‘Te Rae o Papamoa’). Boffa Miskell, 2003.

Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park Forestry Management Report. Tempest and Associates Forestry Limited, 2003.

Te Mata Peak

The following description is taken from www.newzealand.com

Te Mata Peak is at the western boundary of the wine-producing Heretaunga Plains and stands nearly 400 metres above sea level. From the summit of the peak you can enjoy panoramic views of the Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru Ranges and Cape Kidnappers. The volcano Ruapehu, in the centre of Tongariro National Park, is also visible on a clear day.

The nature trails on Te Mata Peak are great for hikers and mountain bikers. It’s an excellent cardio workout going up, but the huge views make the exertion totally worthwhile. Other hiking and biking trails in the Te Mata Trust Park lead through forest and along limestone valleys.

The Te Mata hillscape has an amazing story to tell: Many centuries ago the people living in pa (fortified villages) on the Heretaunga Plains were under constant threat of war from the coastal tribes of Waimarama. At a gathering in Pakipaki (near Hastings), a wise old woman (kuia) suggested that the leader of the Waimarama tribes, a giant named Te Mata, could be made to fall in love with Hinerakau – the daughter of a Pakipaki chief – and turn his thoughts from war to peace. This mission was quickly accomplished, and Te Mata fell under the spell of the beautifully Hinerakau.

However the people of Heretaunga had not forgotten the past and wanted revenge. They demanded that Hinerakau make Te Mata prove his devotion by accomplishing seemingly impossible tasks. His last task was to bite through the hills between the coast and the plains, so that people could come and go with greater ease.

Te Mata died while eating his way through the hills. His half-accomplished work can be seen in what is known as The Gap or Pari Karangaranga (echoing cliffs) and his prostrate body forms Te Mata Peak.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 399 m (1,309 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Hawkes Bay
Location Coordinates 39° 42′ 9″ S, 176° 54′ 36″ E
Nearest Town/s Havelock North, Hastings
LINZ Topographic map/s BK39 Hastings
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 1-2 hours (loop)
Distance 4 km (2.5 mi)
Start/End Points 2nd car park
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Road, Track
Season Help.gif all year
Sights Views
Hazards High winds, Exposed track/risk of falling, Lack of signage
Number of Geocaches 5

Getting There

From Havelock North center follow Te Mata Peak Rd for approx 1km to Simla Ave. Turn right into Simla ave and follow until it turns into Te Mata Peak Rd. Follow until you reach the second car park past the main entrance. Te Mata Peak is well signposted from Havelock North.

Google Earth Map

Our Recommended Route

There are many tracks through the Te Mata Trust Park to walk, but I would suggest starting at the second car park past the entrance (200m past the Peak House Restaurant). The Peak Trail starts a little bit further up the road. The Peak Trail, while steep is only about 15-20 mins to the summit. From the summit (after some time to take in the spectacular views) continue along the peak trail as is descends down the southern ridge of the mountain. Eventually the Peak Trail will end in a grove of redwood trees, and from here you can follow the Te Mata Trail back up to the start point.

Te Mata Peak is not a difficult climb, and is suitable for people of all levels of fitness. It is steep in places, but most people should be able to complete the loop in 1-1 and a half hours. However, the views are spectacular. There are many shear drops around the loop which afford you a feeling of great height, more so than some higher, more difficult climbs. This is what peak bagging is all about, so take the time to enjoy the scenery. For a greater challenge, start at the first car park, or from Havelock North center if you are really keen.

Please note, the trails are poorly signposted, and there are many trails on the mountains that are not marked on any maps. While it is easy to see the trail, it is not always clear which trail you are on. Consult a map first if you are unfamiliar with the area. There is a good map at the park entrance which clearly describes the main trails. Alternatively you can go here http://www.tematapark.co.nz/maps-tracks/ for the park trail map.

Warning

There are many shear drops around the peak trail, and while the cliffs are well fenced on the walk up to the summit, the southern ridge is not always fenced. It can be windy at times. It can also be extremely hot during summer, so remember to take some water.

Tauhara, Mt

Also known as none

This mountain stands above Taupo

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 1,088 m (3,570 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Central Plateau/Taupo
Location Coordinates 38° 41′ 42″ S, 176° 9′ 47″ E
Nearest Town/s Taupo
LINZ Topographic map/s BG36 Taupo
Geology Volcano
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 3 hrs return
Distance 6 km (3.7 mi)
Start/End Points Mountain Road Carpark
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Farmland (shut any gates!)
Season Help.gif all year
Sights Views, Bush, Lakes
Hazards High winds
Number of Geocaches 1

Getting There

SH1 to SH5 near Taupo. Turn onto Mountain Road and follow to end (approximately 950m from SH5)

Google Earth Map

Route Options

Leave the carpark and follow the dirt road approximately 50m, cross two stiles and head up the hill across the field following the marked route. Keep following the track up the hill toward the green water tanks.

After this section, the track heads into the bush and climbs fairly steeply. When you reach a bench, you are at the halfway point. Once you reach the stream, you are about two-thirds of the way up.

The last section is easier and not very steep. There is a quite narrow section that is cut through the pumice from the last Taupo eruption (130AD). If you are claustrophobic, there is a trail around this spot that rejoins the main track just a few meters away.

A short distance later you will reach the summit trig and be rewarded with wonderful views of the central North Island on a clear day. You can also walk another 160m along the ridge to see some large rocky outcrops. (The last part may not be
recommended for young children.)

Allow about 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the trig.

Warning

The entire track is on Private Land. Please be respectful. No dogs, firearms or lighting of fires. Keep to the route.

The summit can be a minimum of 5.5C cooler than the carpark. Bring drinks, snacks, sturdy walking shoes, warm clothing and a hat.

Tangihua

Also known as Tangihua

Mt Tangihua – access via Northern Ridge

The main DOC track from the Northern Ridge to the summit is now closed. However you can go off track and quickly find the old DOC track.

Access to the Northern Tangihua Track is via the Te Haua Uru Track or Tangihua Main Ridge Track. The route to the DOC hut takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours from the junction.

Your best access into Tangihua Forest is from Omana Road. The Omana Road Tangihua access car park has parking for 15 cars. You will need to walk 30 minutes along a formed road to the bush line. From here, it is another 15 minutes until you reach Tangihua Lions Lodge, a good orientation point for tracks and walks in the forest.

You can get into Tangihua Forest from Tangihua Road at the northern end of the forest, but this access crosses private farmland and is not a legal access. You must obtain permission to cross private land – prior to your trip please contact the DOC office in Whangarei.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 627 m (2,057 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Northland
Location Coordinates 35° 51′ 24″ S, 174° 5′ 27″ E
Nearest Town/s Maungakaramea, Maungatapere, Whangarei
LINZ Topographic map/s AX29 Tangowahine
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 5-7 hours (return)
Distance 7 km (4.3 mi)
Difficulty Help.gif Hard
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Unmarked Route near summit only, Steep embankments, Overgrown track, Farmland (shut any gates!)
Sights Views, Birds, Bush, Forest, Huts
Hazards Exposed track/risk of falling, Lack of signage

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Patuha

Patuha is the highest point of the Kaitake Range, a coastal lowland forest which forms a part of the Egmont National Park. The Kaitake Range is situated just 15 kilometres south-west of central New Plymouth and is the backdrop to the small coastal township of Oakura which is located just north of the range on Surf Highway 45.

The lowland forest of the Kaitake Range is remarkably different from the rest of the Egmont National Park. A wide variety of warmth-loving semi-coastal forest and smaller plants grow in profusion over what was once a mighty volcano. Tucked at the foot of the ranges, Lucy’s Gully features large stands of exotic redwoods, eucalyptus and Douglas firs.

A trip to the Patuha trig offers trampers 360 degree views toward Mt Taranaki and the Pouakai Ranges, and over New Plymouth City, Paritutu Rock, the Sugarloaf Islands, coastline and farmland.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 682 m (2,238 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Taranaki/Wanganui/Manawatu
Location Coordinates 39° 9′ 43″ S, 173° 57′ 57″ E
Nearest Town/s New Plymouth
LINZ Topographic map/s BH28 Oakura
Range Kaitake Range
Geology Volcano
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 3-4 hours return (from either Lucy’s Gully or Surrey Hill Road),
Start/End Points Lucy’s Gully (Ahuahu Road)/Surrey Hill Road
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Marked Route
Season Help.gif All year
Sights Views, Volcanic landscape, Birds, Bush, Forest , Coastline
Hazards Alpine weather, Snow, Ice, Mist

Getting There

The DOC ‘Kaitake Range Factsheet’ provides the following instructions.

“Take the South Road (SH45) from New Plymouth to access the ranges in two ways.

1. From SH45 turn left at Wairau Road just past Oakura. Turn left again into Surrey Hill Road to get to the start of the Davies Track. It’s about a 20 minute drive from New Plymouth.

2. Pass through Oakura and from SH45 turn left at Ahuahu Road to get to Lucy’s Gully and the Waimoku Track.

Lucy’s Gully is the most convenient access. The others are across private land with public right of access.”

At the top of Ahuahu Road at Lucy’s Gully, there is a carpark and toilet next to where the track begins.

Google Earth Map

Our Recommended Route

If able to have a car at either end of the track, the preferred option would be to complete the length of the track from Lucy’s Gully to Surrey Hill Road. This route would also pass the smaller Kaitake Peak (645m).

Route Options

Options Include:

Walking from Lucy’s Gully via the Waimoko Track to Patuha Trig and returning back to Lucy’s Gully via the Sefton Ridge Track (or vice versa or back the exact same way).

Walking from Surrey Hill Road via the Davies Track to Patuha Trig and back the same way.

Starting at Lucy’s Gully, crossing over Patuha and the smaller Kaitake Peak, and ending at Surrey Hill Road (or vice versa).

See images below for map.

Images

Patuha.jpg

Patuha4.jpeg

Patuha2.jpg

External Links

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/taranaki/taranaki/kaitake-range-walking-tracks/

References

Kaitake Range Walking Tracks (Department of Conservation).

Kaitake Range Factsheet (Department of Conservation)

Panekiri range, Mt Puketapu, Lake Waiaremoana

This peck is part of the Lake Waikaremoana great walk

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 1,180 m (3,871 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 38° 47′ 15″ S, 177° 5′ 51″ E
Nearest Town/s Wairoa
LINZ Topographic map/s BG40 Waikaremoana
Range Panekiri Range
Recommended Route
DurationHelp.gif 5 Hours
Distance 9 km
Start/End Points Onepoto bay
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Sights Views, Birds, Bush, Forest, Lakes, Rivers, Campsites, Huts, Historic buildings, Maori heritage
Hazards Mist

Google Earth Map

Ngamoko

Would make sense to add this Mt peak along with the other two in same area. Easy to find and get to, lovely bush track, interesting massive old trees including a 1000year old Rata that you can walk through, Mod to hard because its straight up but take your time and its fine, The Tawa loop track adds another 30min if desired.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 1,099 m (3,606 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Hawkes Bay
Location Coordinates 38° 46′ 28″ S, 177° 6′ 44″ E
Nearest Town/s Waikaremona, Tuai, Frasertown, Wairoa
LINZ Topographic map/s BG40 Waikaremoana
Range Ngamoko Range
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2 hours return
Distance 2.7 km (1.7 mi)
Start/End Points Just North Waikaremona camp ground
Difficulty Help.gif Hard
Track conditions Help.gif Track
Season Help.gif All season
Sights Views, Birds, Bush, Forest, Lakes, Communications equipment(!) , 1000 year old Rata, tree type named
Hazards Mud

Getting There

Just North of Waikaremona camp grounds, opposite the historic site of an old lodge.

Google Earth Map

Our Recommended Route

Straight up off Lake Road SH38

Route Options

The track continues a further 5.3km along the Ngamoko – Kaitawa track to the Kaitawa Road being an alternative start point. This track could also be part of the entire tramp around the whole lake avoiding the road but would take a good 6 plus days.

Mt Hauhungatahi

Also known as Baldy

A little used trail with fantastic views of neighbouring volcanoes.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 1,520 m (4,987 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Central Plateau/Taupo
Location Coordinates 39° 13′ 49″ S, 175° 26′ 43″ E
Nearest Town/s Erua
LINZ Topographic map/s BJ34 Mount Ruapehu
Geology Volcano
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 5-7 hours (return)
Distance 10 km (6.2 mi)
Start/End Points Erua Road
Difficulty Help.gif Hard
Track conditions Help.gif Marked Route, Overgrown track, Uneven underfoot (eroded, tree roots etc), Snow/Ice (seasonal)
Season Help.gif Add this data
Sights Views, Volcanic landscape
Hazards Volcanic hazards, Alpine weather, High winds, Lack of signage
Number of Geocaches 1

Google Earth Map

Mt Eliza

Located in the Kaimai Ranges, Mt Eliza includes a side-trip to an old mine shaft.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 581 m (1,906 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 37° 38′ 36″ S, 175° 51′ 21″ E
Nearest Town/s Katikati, Tauranga
LINZ Topographic map/s BD35 Matamata
Range Kaimais
Translation Mt Eliza is located on map BD35, but the main access is on BD36, via Thomson’s Track.
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 4-5.5 hours
Distance 13 km (8.1 mi)
Start/End Points Thomson’s Track carpark
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif 4WD Road, Track, Marked Route, Mud, Stream/River Crossings
Season Help.gif Year Round
Sights Views, Bush
Hazards Mud

Getting There

Drive to Thomson’s Track carpark – south from Katikati or north from Tauranga.

Google Earth Map

Our Recommended Route

Head up Thomson’s Track to the main ridge. This track has areas that are very muddy with large mud holes created by 4WD vehicles. From the ridge there are good views west into the Waikato and east back towards the coast north of Tauranga. Head north along the ridge, following the track towards Motutapere and the Mt Eliza turnoff. This section alternates between open grassland and bush. The Mt Eliza turnoff is a signposted junction in the bush. The Mt Eliza summit is very flat and there’s no clear sign that you have reached it. Down the other side is very steep, leading down to the Mt Eliza mine shaft and the Waitekohe stream.

Route Options

There are long and short options. The long option is decsribed above; the short option follows the instructions on the DOC website.