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June 17th, 2013
Mt. Maunganui – Surf, Sun and Walking

This week I thought I’d take you on a whistle-stop tour of New Zealand. We’ll start our visit at Mt. Maunganui, a beautiful beach area on the east coast of the North Island. The area is named after the extinct volcano, which dominates the vicinity.

Mt Maunganui

The hill is Mt. Maunganui, and this beach is the perfect one for families since it’s very safe.

Mt Maunganui Walking Track

This is a view from the path that travels around the base of the mountain. It’s a busy walkway, especially during the weekend when we visited. You can also climb to the top of the mountain, which takes about an hour. A little more if you stop to take in the vista on a regular basis. We’ve done both walks. The views are great, no matter which option you choose.

Midden

The Mount (as it is known locally) was inhabited by the local Maori tribe before the Europeans arrived because it was an excellent vantage point and they received early warnings of possible attacks from other tribes. During a walk around the base you’ll see evidence of early habitation. This is a midden (a dump for waste), which is full of empty pippi shells (clam-like shellfish). Just as an aside, my father has several of these middens on his farm, and over the years we’ve found Maori stone adzes.

Surf Beach

Mt. Mauganui is known for its surf beach, and this is a view of the beach, looking back to the mountain. During the Christmas/New Year holidays the population swells since it’s a popular holiday location.

Are you a beach fan?

3 comments to “Mt. Maunganui – Surf, Sun and Walking”

  1. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit New Zealand. Now, I REALLY want to. How beautiful!!


  2. It’s not looking quite as pretty today. Our winter day is grey!


  3. Loved the pictures. I grew up in Redondo beach, California. We were just a few minutes from the Redondo Beach Pier and we used to go down there all the time. I did like it when I was a kid.