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Full closure of Mauao - From 5am Thursday, 5 July until 5pm Thursday, 7 July 2022

Pilot Bay boat ramp and car park closure - from 7am Monday, 4 July until 5pm Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Access to the maunga (mountain) from Pilot Bay will be open from Friday, 8 July. These closures may finish earlier depending on progress of works.

Restoration project on Mauao

Find out more: read the media release.


Mauao is a historic reserve. It is owned by iwi and managed by Tauranga City Council.

The strand banner

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 managed jointly by the Mauao Trust and Tauranga City Council under the direction of the Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao (Mauao Joint Administration Board.)

Legend of Mauao (33kb pdf)


There are several tracks to the summit. Mauao is 232m high, and 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. Tracks are busy, so please keep left and share with care. Please also remove all rubbish and leave 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.

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 the quickest and easiest route to the summit. It is a steep track with a lot of stairs. Turn right at the lookout intersection to go to the summit.

Base track

The base track is 3.4 km and takes about 45 minutes to walk. 

Please take care as there are area with steep drop offs and rock falls.


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


No fires are permitted on Mauao at any time. This includes cigarettes, lighters, fireworks and any recreational fires.

Mauao Historic Reserve Management Plan

In 2018, Council adopted the Mauao Historic Reserve Management Plan, which guides the way Mauao will be managed.

Mauao Historic Reserve management plan (3mb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 11/05/2022

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