We are in the port of Tauranga , a Maori word meaning sheltered anchorage It is known for it’s beaches and surfing along with the kiwi, the fruit farms .Another beautiful sunny day is New Zealand, temps in the mid 70’s. A perfect day to climb Mt. Maunganui with an elevation of 800 ft. We met up with a fellow passenger, Karen, who was walking on her own and we asked if she wanted to join us on our hike, it is always more fun to share it with someone than to go it alone. First we walk the Mauao Base Track that goes all around the base of Mt. Maunganui. There is one path up that is very steep with steps going up and then a little less steep but longer path going around the mountain as it goes up to the top. Kelly opts for the stairs and Karen & I take the longer less steep, we were treated to some of the most beautiful vistas and sheep running freely. It was a pretty strenuous walk up but we stopped a lot to take pictures and catch our breath. WE were rewarded at top with a fantastic view over the the Bay of Plenty. We are pooped after our long trek so we head back to the ship to rest up for our sail away party at 5:30, rough life, I know. Loving it!