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Mount Maunganui and Karanghake Gorge Day Trip

Wander the old mining trails and tunnels of Karangahake Gorge. Hike to the Summit of Mount Maunganui, for amazing views. Follow up with a refreshing swim at the beach or relaxing soak in the hot pools.


  • Hike through native forest and explore the old gold mining tunnels and relics of Karangahake Gorge.
  • Stop to take photos or swim at the Owharoa Falls.
  • Hike to the summit of Mount Maunganui, or take the easier track around the base.
  • Enjoy relaxing in the Mount Hot Pools.

7.00am; Pick Ups in Auckland

A 1.5hr drive takes us to our first destination. This scenic drive takes us through various kinds of New Zealand farmland and forest. With the Coromandel mountain range in the distance, it's a great backdrop for a drive.There will be a stop for bathroom/coffee etc

> The Karangahake Gorge

9.00am - Spend an hour exploring one of the fascinating historic walks within the gorge. The paths will take you alongside the Ohinemuri River and through old mining tunnels. Take a torch and explore the tunnels, and investigate the relics of an older time that litter the forest trails.

10.30am - Visit to the Owharoa Falls. A great photo stop, and option to swim if the water is warm enough.

After we leave the gorge it's about an hours drive to our next stop.

> Mount Maunganui

12.00pm - Climb to the summit of Mount Maunganui (or Mauao) for some very rewarding views. The walk winds around the Mount through paddocks and forested paths. Or choose to do the less strenuous option around the base as an alternative.

1.00pm - Lunch Time! Picnic on the beach, or visit one of the great local cafes, bakeries or restaurants along the beachfront. If you want, have a swim in the beautiful beach.

> The Mount Hot Pools

2.00pm - It's time to chill after an awesome day. Relax and unwind in the Mount Hot Pools. Soak away the life's stresses and relax the body after the day of hiking and exploring.

3.30 - 6.30pm -Return to Auckland in time for dinner.

We are sure after hiking, hotpools and lunch you'll be able to have a little snooze on the way home.

Adult $249.00

What's included

  • Pick Up and Drop Off Central Auckland (229 Queen St and 102 Hobson St)
  • Kiwi Guide
  • Visits to Mount Maunganui, Karangahake Gorge and Owharoa Falls.
  • Entrance to Mount Hot Pools
  • Time at Mount Maunganui to stop for lunch at a local cafe.


  • Allow approximately 11 hours for the whole experience

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Govind from New Zealand wrote on 02 January 2020

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Awesome Trip

Fantastic Trip. Jojo was great!! We all had a great time.

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Nili Shah from United Kingdom wrote on 28 June 2018

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Karanghake Gorge,Mount Maunganui and hot pools

What can I say,... Clay was really responsive from the outset both on email and by phone. I could sense his integrity and had no qualms about booking with him. Especially as he cancelled tours late at night as he knew the experience would not be great for the traveller. That’s someone who cares about his business and his cluent’s experience. He has found a niche in the ark etc and I truly wish him the best of success. He was clear about what to expect on the day and was flexible enough to ensure we had a great trip. Am seriously considering booking another day trip . Just need to confirm whether my schedule can accommodate..

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Wade Strickland from United States wrote on 17 June 2018

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Great experience!

Of all the excursions we took in our 11-day New Zealand visit, this was by far the best! The trip was well planned by Clay (Owner)and he presented it very well. We only wish we had found Kiwi Day Trips when we first arrived in New Zealand! This is our third trip to New Zealand and our second trip to Mount Maunganui. This is a great place to visit!

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