Mt Maunganui/Mauao, or simply “The Mount”, is a 231m high volcanic cone at the end of a narrow peninsula, with Tauranga Harbour on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Mt Maunganui town, on the peninsula, is a suburb of Tauranga.
The mountain is a popular recreational area. The track around the base is well formed and an easy walk with no steep areas. There are two main tracks leading to the summit. One is a 4WD track, and a relatively easy walk, but with slippery small stone chip on the steeper parts. The other is a steeper track with a number of steps. Some of the previously accessible steeper tracks are no longer open, due to slips.