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Facts about Tauranga - bay of PLENTY with location information
Mauao (Mount Maunganui)
Guarding the entrance to Tauranga Harbour, Mauao (Mount Maunganui) was the landing place of the Takitimu waka. Takitimu was one of the ocean-going migration canoes that made the trip from Hawaiki to New Zealand in about 1290 AD.
The stylish surf town of Mount Maunganui buzzes with adventure and activity. There's everything from surf lifesaving and beach volleyball to kite surfing, parasailing, jet skiing and surfing competitions.
Walking on an active volcano is a once in a lifetime opportunity. White Island hisses, fumes, belches and rumbles with geothermal action. It's accessible by launch and helicopter from Whakatane.