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Walking in Tauranga

Walking in Tauranga

Because of its climate and location right next to the beach, Tauranga is quite a health and lifestyle-rich location. It's of little or no surprise that the greater Tauranga region has a multitude of walking options available.

Mauao

Mount Maunganui is just a 5 minute drive from ABC Rental Cars in Tauranga and its iconic  232m hill named Mauao, which is by far the region's biggest walking playground. As many as a million people either walk up Mauao or around its 3.4km base track every year, making it one of the most frequented non-alpine climbs in New Zealand.

walking up mauao

Mauao (meaning 'caught by dawn') is an historic reserve that is owned by Maori and managed by Tauranga city council. There are several tracks to the summit, each taking around 40 minutes walking time, whilst walking around the base track takes around 45 minutes.

Mount Maunganui Beach

Heading south east of Mauo towards Papamoa lies approximately 14km of stunning white sand beach which is hugely popular for locals and visitors alike. It's extremely popular for walking dogs. Unlike Mauao itself, this long stretch of beautiful coastline has fewer people and more sand to call your own.

mount beach walking

Papamoa Hills Regional Park

This not to be missed walk is a mixture of pa sites, native forest and farmland that allows you to enjoy incredible panoramic coastal views towards Mount Maunganui and east towards Te Puke. Located approximately 20 minutes drive from ABC Rental Cars in Tauranga, the Papamoa hill walk offers a steep 1 hour walk to the trig station as well as a 5km base track walk that takes around 1.5 hours.

papamoa hills walking track

Papamoa Hills Regional Park

This not to be missed walk is a mixture of pa sites, native forest and farmland that allows you to enjoy incredible panoramic coastal views towards Mount Maunganui and east towards Te Puke. Located approximately 20 minutes drive from ABC Rental Cars in Tauranga, the Papamoa hill walk offers a steep 1 hour walk to the trig station as well as a 5km base track walk that takes around 1.5 hours.

waikareao esturary walk

This walk takes you through predominately tidal mangrove and marshland landscape. In the middle of the estuary is Motuopae, a sacred Maroia burial ground which is not accessible. There are many access and exit points to this walking track in Tauranga, with Coach Drive and Maxwells Road providing ample car parking.

Gordon Carmichael Reserve

First developed in 2002, this 60 hectare reserve features a 2km walking track, of which 230 metres are boardwalk and the rest gravel. This wetlands walk has no shortage of bird life and native plants to admire along the way. There is a playground, toilets and drinking fountain available in the centre of the reserve near the main car park. This walking track is a link between the Mayfield subdivision in Bethlehem and the suburb of Brookfield.

gordon carmichael reserve walk




 
 
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