Where am I?  I’m in Mt Maunganui

Mt Maunganui is on the East Coast of the North Island, in the Bay of Plenty.

It is about ten minutes’ drive from Tauranga city.

The Bay of Plenty starts at the Coromandel Peninsular and follows the beaches all the way to Cape Runaway.

If you hold your left hand up, it looks a bit like where your pointer finger starts and runs down the curve up to the top of your thumb!

Here I am, sitting on top of a rock looking back at Mt Maunganui. It is also called Mauao and locals call it ‘The Mount’.

Mt Maunganui is one of the shortest mountains in New Zealand at only 232 metres high. Maori Legend says it was pulled from the sea by the fairy people (Patupaiarehe) forming some of the rivers as they pulled.

Click HERE to watch a short video of the legend.

I have walked up to the top and all the way around Mt Maunganui on other trips, but not on this one.

I walked along the beach, watched people surfing, paddled in the water and found this lovely shell.

If you’d like to find out more about Mt Maunganui click HERE.

I hope you learned something about Mt Maunganui and I’ll see you in a different part of the country next time!