View From Above - April 2012 - NZ Photo Contest

by Blotfree Mel
(Auckland, NZ)

View From Above

View From Above

It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is very much better at the top.

It was a very long walk going to the top but it was worth the experience. The only thing I can say is that the air was refreshing and the view was spectacular.

Used a Canon Digital IXUS 100. Taken in Mt Maunganui.


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Mount Maunganui

The extinct volcano Mount Maunganui rises about 232 metres north of the Tauranga harbour entrance in the Bay of Plenty. Locals often call him just the Mount. The Mount tops a sandbar that forms a connection to the mainland. In geographic terms this is called a tombolo. It results in a situation that brings a calm harbour beach on the west side into a short distance of a popular surf beach on the east side. There the Pacific Ocean sweeps the coast.

The peninsula topped by 'The Mount' is home to a well known resort Mt. Maunganui which is since 1988 a suburb of Tauranga. Here is a good place to start comparing accommodation offers.

Mt. Maunganui or The Mount is also known under the Maori name Mauao. Mauao is a tapu, a sacred place, interlinked in local mythology. Its translated meaning is: 'caught by the dawn'.

The legend tells: Once there was an inland hill with no name enslaved to Otanewainuku, the most important mountain of Tauranga Moana. Otanewainuku won the affection of a particular beautiful hill, Puwhenua. Puwhenua was adorned by Tanemahuta, one of the ancient kauri trees. The name less hill failing to gain her affection decided to take his life by drowning in the Pacific Ocean. Asking the fairy people, Patupaiarehe, for their magical help, the mighty task of relocation took place during one night. With daybreak the nameless was nowhere near drowning, but the fairy people, who were creatures of the shade, felt exposed and fled deserting the nameless hill.

The relocation gained Mauao a name and importance. Mauao became a sacred place where today folks enjoy scenic views, wandering up, jogging and hang gliding.

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