mauao - mount maunganui

Beaches | Mountains
An inactive volcano standing at the head of Tauranga Harbour with great views.
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beach bordered volcano

Mount Maunganui, aka Mauao (‘caught by the dawn’ in Māori), is a rhyolitic volcanic dome at the southern entrance to the Tauranga Harbour. Standing at 252m, Mount Maunganui overlooks the town of Mount Maunganui, golden sand beaches and clear water.

Depending on the purpose of your filming and what is involved, permission may be granted to film on Mauao (land based), however if permission is granted, you can expect strict stipulations to apply (ie, hand held only, no vehicles on Mauao, no ground penetration, stick to formed tracks, do not block or impact other users, acknowledgement of the Trust Board etc.).

Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao (the joint administration board made up of iwi members and representatives from Tauranga City Council) is responsible for the management decisions of Mauao. Any filming on (and possibly of) Mauao will require their approval.

If you would like to physically film on Mauao, the first step would be to submit your Tauranga City Council filming application. Once they have this and undertand the purpose, scale and impact, TCC can liaise with Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao with a request for permission.

permit details

Tauranga City Council, Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

233 Kilometres | 2 Hours, 53 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

71 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

71 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

87 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 19 Minutes

Taupo CBD

158 Kilometres | 2 Hours, 6 Minutes