Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand

2018 HAL World Cruise

Saturday, February 3, 2018

 

Although once an independent city, Mt. Maunganui is, today, a suburb of Tauranga and the location for the Port of Tauranga.  We chose to remain in Mt Maunganui rather than take the shuttle to downtown Tauranga, about 5 miles away.  We’ll save that exploration for a future visit!

The “mount” of Mt. Maunganui is an extinct volcano.  It was once a Maori stronghold during a time of fierce Maori wars between tribes.  But when Capt. Cook arrived here in 1769, he named this area the “Bay of Plenty” because of the numbers of thriving settlements of friendly Maori he encountered.  Obviously, the Maoris had settled their differences and created a peaceful and productive culture. Today, the mount attracts visitors from around New Zealand.  Hiking and the thermal pools at the base of the mountain are the main attraction but the town with its tiled sidewalks lined with palm trees, turquoise-painted street lamps and gorgeous shoreline is extremely charming.  We spent the day strolling, shopping, eating and drinking.  It was lovely.

We are docked in the village of Mount Maunganui in the Tauanga Harbor.
We are docked in the village of Mount Maunganui in the Tauanga Harbor.
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View of Mt Maunganui from the dock. It was a short, easy walk into the village.
As we exited the dock, there was a beach directly ahead!
As we exited the dock, there was a beach directly ahead!
Beach near the dock.
Beach near the dock.
Beach near the dock.
Beach near the dock.
Market day in the park with pony rides and animals for the children.
Market day in the park with pony rides and animals for the children.
The kids are having fun!
The kids are having fun!
View of the ship from the park and a young child performing on his violin.
View of the ship from the park and a young child performing on his violin.
Market Day!
Market Day!
Market Day!
Market Day!
Old car just like the Buick in Cuba!  And it is a Buick!
Old car just like the Buick in Cuba! And it is a Buick!
Family having fun!
Family having fun!
The Ours Cafe with exceptional WIFI.
The Ours Cafe with exceptional WIFI.
storm drain with decorative signage
storm drain with decorative signage
Nice graffiti!
Nice graffiti!
Doggy bowls are everywhere!
Doggy bowls are everywhere!
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Ocean side with view of Rabbit Island. Interestingly, we actually saw rabbits frolicking in the brush!
ocean view
ocean view
ocean view
ocean view
Lots of nice homes line the ocean road.
Lots of nice homes line the ocean road.
Lots of Beach Volley Ball
Lots of Beach Volley Ball
Lots of College Teams
Lots of College Teams
War Memorial
War Memorial
Old aircraft flies overhead.  Rog thought it might be a C-46.
Old aircraft flies overhead. Rog thought it might be a C-46.
climbing the mountain
climbing the mountain
Mount Maunganui
Mount Maunganui
Going back to the ship.  Sightseeeing is over.
Going back to the ship. Sightseeeing is over.

 

Next, we visit the Art Deco town of Napier.

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