Mount Maunganui, or Mauao, commonly known by locals as The Mount, is a dormant volcanic cone at the end of a peninsula in the town of Mount Maunganui, by the eastern entrance to the Tauranga Harbour in New Zealand.
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In the extension of Tauranga, Mount Maunganui is the seaside resort par excellence. New Zealanders go there in all seasons and even during the end of the year holidays. It is also a popular spot for backpackers who often put it on their itinerary. Its splendid waterfront is great for surfing and swimming, and the peak that dominates it is an icon in the landscape, which can be conquered for a magnificent view. This extinct volcanic cone, located at the very end of the peninsula, was once used as a pa (fortified village) by the Maori tribes. Its name comes from mauao which means "caught by the dawn". Legend has it that, heartbroken by a heartbreak, the mountain asked the people of the night to take her to the sea to drown her. Upon arrival at the ocean's edge, the sun rose and chased away the spirits that left her there.
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6 km (3.5 miles) away from Mount Maunganui
Tauranga is a coastal metropolitan city in the Bay of Plenty region and the fifth most populous city of New Zealand, with an urban population of 151,300, or roughly 3% of the national population.
11 km (6.8 miles) away from Mount Maunganui
Papamoa or Papamoa Beach is a suburb of Tauranga, located about 11 kilometres from the city centre. It is the largest residential suburb in Tauranga, having a population of 20,091 at the 2013 census.
41 km (25.4 miles) away from Mount Maunganui
Waihi is a town in Hauraki District in the North Island of New Zealand, especially notable for its history as a gold mine town. The town is at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula, close to the western end of the Bay of Plenty.
44 km (27.6 miles) away from Mount Maunganui
The Waitawheta River is a river of the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. It flows from a point south-east of Mount Te Aroha in the Kaimai Range to the Karangahake Gorge at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula to reach the Ohinemuri River at Karangahake, five kilometres east of Paeroa.