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Last Updated on September 12, 2019 by Amy

After camping at McLaren Falls and kayaking with glowworms, we packed up our camping gear and took off to hike Mount Maunganui.

Mount Maunganui is located in Tauranga, the 5th largest city in New Zealand with a population of just over 100,000.

We stayed at a fantastic Airbnb – one where the second B really stood for breakfast! – and met up with our friends Carolyn and Rob.  We met Carolyn and Rob last month when they were being launched from Norsand and we were being hauled.  They own a Lipari named Shenanigans that they’ve been using to cruise around the Pacific.  

Friday night they invited us over to their house for drinks and to meet their friends visiting from the Czech Republic.  These friends, Peter and Christina, live outside of Prague but travel the world by working for Tauck Tours.  The six of us headed out to dinner to meet with 4 more of Rob & Carolyn’s friends.  It was quite the night out for us!

The view from Rob & Carolyn’s place.  That’s Mount Maunganui in the middle.

Mount Maunganui

We were sad to leave Dee’s wonderful place but excited to hike up Mount Maunganui.  We parked along the beach and walked along enjoying the sights and sounds on a gorgeous day.  Surprisingly it wasn’t too crowded for a sunny Saturday at 11 am.  The hike up the top was pretty brutal, but the views were oh-so-worth-it.

A protected oystercatcher nest with two babies.
The view about halfway up. Notice the nicely manicured lawn – the work of sheep!
We sat for a while and watched hang gliders and paragliders swirling over the mountain.
The view from the top.

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