Base track, Mt Mauao. Tauranga, New Zealand. by Lynne Haselden

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Mauao (Mount Maunganui) is Tauranga’s major landmark. Mauao is the ancient dormant volcano that sits at the end of Mount Maunganui’s peninsula. Rising to 232 metres above sea level, the mountain dominates local scenery and provides visitors with a choice of walks. The 3.4 kilometre base track is an easy stroll and there are sea views all the way; Its name, meaning ‘caught in the light of the day’, comes from the legend in which Mauao was once a nameless mountain, spurned in love by the beautiful mountain Pūwhenua. One night he begged the fairy-like creatures of the forest to drag him to the ocean and end his misery. But the creatures fled as the morning sun’s rays struck, and he was transfixed on the spot.

Original pic (taken with trusty Fuji Finepix) given pseudo HDR treatment, noise reduced, balances played with and layered with grunge texture.

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Top Ten “Walkway, Trail, or Path with Benches” group challenge.


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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago

    I would love to sit here and take it all in!

  • Yes, it was a place of such peace and tranquility, yet 100s of people use it regularly, strollers, power walkers and joggers. :)

    – Lynne Haselden

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work !!! Bravo!!!
    Your host, Deb
    September 12, 2011

  • Thankyou so much for the feature Deb! :) Lynne

    – Lynne Haselden

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature, wonderful work.

  • Thankyou Andrea! :) Lynne

    – Lynne Haselden

  • Susan Blevins
    Susan Blevinsalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely capture!!!!…like how the fence draws your eye into the picture……Susan

  • Thankyou Susan, how nice of you to say so. :)

    – Lynne Haselden

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! You are a TOP TEN Winner of the Walkways, Paths or Trails with Benches challenge in the Cee’s Which Ways Group (click banner to go to challenge)

  • Thankyou so much Cee!

    – Lynne Haselden

  • blissfull
    blissfullabout 2 years ago

    I had to signup to this site, just to say, that beautiful spot, is our memorial to my darling mother, the bench bears her name. :-) Her ashes were sprinkled in the bay in front of it almost 12 years ago now.

  • Oh hello! It is a beautiful spot! I am from up North but was there a couple of weeks ago and walked around the mountain again. Thankyou for your comments. :)

    – Lynne Haselden

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