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Nau mai, haere mai

Mauao Historic Reserve is owned by local Iwi; Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga in the form of the Mauao Trust. The reserve is administered by Tauranga City Council (TCC) under the direction of a Joint Administration Board Nga Poutiriao o Mauao made up of representatives from the Mauao Trust and TCC Councillors. 

For any queries contact the council on 07 577 7000.

The Legend of Mauao


View larger map of Mauao walking tracksBase track

The base track is 3.4 km and takes about 45 minutes to walk. It is suitable for strollers and buggies with large wheels please take care as steep drop offs and rock falls areas exist.

Summit tracks

There are several tracks to the summit.

  • The summit is 232m high – it takes about 40 minutes to get to the top. 
  • On a hot day it can be hard work – pace yourself and take water, sunscreen and a hat. 
  • There are no rubbish bins on Mauao. Please take all rubbish away with you.  
  • Please leave all gates as you find them.

4WD track

The 4WD track starts at the end of Pilot Bay.  You can use this track to walk to the summit.  Vehicles are not allowed except for maintenance and emergency purposes only.

Waikorire and Oruahine tracks

Both of these tracks start from the ocean side of the base track.

Follow the boardwalk in front of the surf club to the start of the base track.  The summit climb begins a few metres from the end of the boardwalk.

The Oruahine track ends part way up the 4WD track.  Turn left onto the 4WD track and continue to the summit, or turn off the 4WD track onto the Motu Kauri track, then turn left at the lookout intersection to go to the summit.

The Waikorire track is a steep track. Turn right at the lookout intersection to go to the summit.


In the event of an emergency dial 111.


Toilets are in front of the surf club and opposite the boat ramp at Pilot Bay. 

Last Reviewed: 15/03/2017