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Mauao Reserve Management Plan Review

Tauranga City Council and the Mauao Trust want to make sure that the things we all love about Mauao are protected.

This is part of a review of the Mauao Reserve Management Plan. 

Mauao quick facts

  • Mauao is a historic reserve, rich with sites of cultural and archaeological significance.
  • It is owned by the Mauao Trust (Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Pukenga).
  • It is managed by Nga Poutiriao O Mauao, a joint management board appointed by the Mauao Trust and Tauranga City Council.
  • On the Mauao Joint Management Board are four city councillors and representatives from Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga and Waitaha.
  • Every year 1 million people walk around the base track and 150,000 people walk to the summit.
  • Maintenance costs and expenses for the mountain are funded by rates.
  • Until 2014, Tauranga City Council employed a full time Mauao park ranger. A parks staff member is still responsible for Mauao but no longer operates exclusively as a park ranger for the mountain.
  • Mauao Historic Reserve does not include the Mount Holiday Park or the Hot Pools.

Reviewing the management plan

Mauao is special to many different people for many different reasons. It is a spiritual home, a historic reserve, a tourist attraction, a treasured recreational playground. While formal ownership rests with the Mauao Trust, a wide range of people in Tauranga and beyond identify closely - and passionately - with the mountain.

The Mauao Trust have owned Mauao since 2008. Tauranga City Council continued to fund and manage the mountain, working with the Mauao Steering Group, which could offer non-binding direction.

In 2013 Tauranga City Council and the Mauao Trust established a joint management board, Nga Poutiriao O Mauao, to share management responsibility for Mauao.

As the legally administering body, Tauranga City Council is required by the Reserves Act 1977 to take responsibility for updating the Mauao Reserve Management Plan.

The review will seek to assess whether the things we are already doing are still the best way forward, as well as looking ahead to see if there is anything that should be done differently.


Initial feedback was sought from the public and key interest groups in 2016. A draft management plan is currently being prepared and will be published for further public feedback.

If you have any questions about the reserve management plan review please phone 07 577 7000 to talk to: Sonya McCall, Recreation Planner or Dave Grimmer, Parks Asset Coordinator Mauao

Last Reviewed: 07/02/2017