Welcome Kia ora
It's great to have visitors to our region to enjoy the beauty of our city and its historic mountain Mauao meaning to be caught by the light.
As local paragliders we recognise the importance and significance that Mauao has to the local iwi of Tauranga Moana and our communities. We expect that when visiting pilots/paragliders fly from Mauao that respect of the maunga (mountain) is foremost in your mind and awareness.
Please be aware of other users of Mauao, treat the experience as a privilege and enjoy its 360 degree views across Tauranga Moana which are breathtaking.
Mauao is a Historic Reserve under the Reserves Act 1977, and is private land owned by the Mauao Trust that is used and enjoyed as a public space. In order to maintain good relationships with the land owners and the joint Board (Nga Poutiri Ao O Mauao, which includes Tauranga City Council) it's vital we follow rules to ensure minimal disturbance to the public during our activities. Please ensure you:
1. Download the PDF document below to ensure you clearly understand our safety requirements, along with launch and landing locations
2. Fill out the online questionnaire below
3. Make contact with the Bay of Plenty Hang Gliding Paragliding Club (BoP HGPG Club) - refer to contact details in FAQs
Note: Failure to comply could see your visiting licence revoked.
The story of Mauao
Carving artwork: The legend of Mauao, by Fred Graham
10 facts about Mauao
1. Mauao is the focal point of the coastal Bay of Plenty.
2. Standing at 232 metres high, Mauao is one of the most significant spots for tangata whenua (people of the land) and the local community.
3. Mauao Historic Reserve is private land owned by the Mauao Trust that is available, used and enjoyed by all as a public space.
4. A dormant volcanic cone, Mauao is a popular spot for activities.
5. The base and summit tracks are used by over a million people each year.
6. Rock climbers and paragliders are common sights on the mountain.
7. In addition to its role as a centre for outdoor activities, Mauao is of great cultural significance. Tauranga’s three Iwi (tribes) – Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, and Ngati Pukenga – regard Mauao as their most sacred maunga (mountain). An earlier iwi of Tauranga, Waitaha, also held Mauao in the same regard.
8. Mauao is a historic reserve that represents the physical remains of approximately 1000 years of human occupation. It is home to many pa sites, natural springs, nesting birds, native coastal forest and a friendly flock of sheep that graze on the cleared pasture areas.
9. Tangaroa, god of the sea, is the three metre statue on the western side of Mauao. Tangaroa reminds those venturing out to sea that they are entering his domain.
10. There's also a large rock named Te Kuia, this rock personifies a great elderly woman who once resided on Mauao. A local custom of boats and kayakers is to offer a koha (gift) to Te Kuia, in return for their safety while at sea.
Mount Maunganui History
Until about 1910, Mount Maunganui was a sandy peninsula with a sprinkling of holiday cottages. Then Railway workshops were opened, which attracted a larger permanent population and led to the construction of the first commercial wharf.
Prior to the First World War the Mount Maunganui area constituted little more than a deserted sandy peninsula. However, after the war, scattered settlements began to appear with the development of Mount Maunganui as a little-known holiday resort.
The fame of the area as a holiday resort spread, and the population continued to increase until Mount Maunganui became a Dependent Town District of the Tauranga County in 1927. Ten years later, it was proclaimed an Independent Town District. Borough status followed in 1945, with Mr McDonald elected the first Mayor. The popularity of “The “Mount” as a beach resort grew rapidly.
Arataki Cultural Trails
Listen to mountains, rivers, and landmarks speak.
Arataki offer a self-guided fully immersive cultural walking experience. Their proximity storytelling product seamlessly connects users with authentic cultural content and information, at the right time, in the right location.
Arataki means “to lead, to point out, to guide”. Arataki Cultural Trails innovates and disrupts the art of cultural storytelling.
They are a technology company based in Tauranga, NZ, wholly owned and run by Māori tech entrepreneurs and have career backgrounds in Māori storytelling, technology and Iwi information. They have developed NZ’s first proximity based cultural content delivery platform and offer a self-guided fully immersive cultural walking experience. Their proximity storytelling product seamlessly connects users with authentic cultural content and information, at the right time, in the right location.
Founded in 2016, our goal is to create and share 1,000 stories by the year 2020 – Ngā Pūrākau Kotahi Mano.
Download App here to learn more about Mauao on your mobile device. https://arataki.co/#
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Darrell Packe: Local instructor and Safety Officer
Mauao is private land under council management.
It's vital you contact us as Mauao has some tricky launch characteristics. We want to ensure you enjoy your visit.
Flying off Mauao is a privilage and we wish to be flying here for many years to come.
This involves maintaining good relationships with all parties involved. Your information helps us show that visiting pilots care enough to take the time to ensure you fly here safely and without risk to the public.
Yep SERIOUSLY - if you don't follow our requirements we will contact the New Zealand Hang Gliding Paragliding Association and have your visiting privilages revoked.