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About East Coast Paddler
Tauranga's leading Ocean Adventure company. We deliver stand up paddle board lessons, hires and adventures, waka ama (outrigger canoe) lessons, and guided walks on our mountain, Mauao. We also sell SUP and waka ama equipment. We are committed to igniting the ocean spirit within our clients. We have beach stations on Pilot Bay and Marine Parade in Mount Maunganui. Book as an individual or small group and enjoy one of our ready-made services. Or come as a large group and we will tailor-make your experience. Either way, your visit with us will be unforgettable. You can purchase our products and book your experience through our website, or give us an email or call. See our website for our opening hours. They vary throughout the season.
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Mauao Cultural Walk

120 to 150 minutes
from US$52.70
Overview
At the heart of the beachside Mt Maunganui community is Mauao, an extinct volcano who has captured public imagination since the very first Māori waka entered the Tauranga Habour. Join your guide for a guided hikoi (a walk) up or around the mountain. Take in the breathtaking view along the Bay of Plenty coastline and gain a unique view into the significance of this mountain to the local Māori.
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nielsenellalily wrote a review Mar 2022
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Myself and 5 of my best friends went down to Tauranga for the weekend and booked paddle boards for 2 hours but ended up being able to use them for almost 4 ! She had a group session she needed to attend just down the road so she let us use them til she got back, such a lovely lady and beautiful to chat with :) She even let us use her gazebo and picnic blanket while she was away, couldn’t have asked for any better. We had a blast and we owe it all to her ! thank you again x
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Simon P wrote a review Jan 2022
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
Stand-Up Paddleboard Cultural Experience! I found Mauao Adventures (East Coast Paddler) experience to be both physical, fun and culturally insightful! Porina's tuition (I'm a SUP novice I might add) delivery was polished (it was clear she had a vast depth of SUP knowledge), and with a heavy emphasis on safety, I felt at ease throughout the 2+ hour experience. And I could tell from the experience too, that Porina's cultural knowledge of Tauranga Moana was extensive. All in all, an outstanding natural/cultural experience that I would recommend to almost all age-groups, but don't get me wrong, there's a knack to SUPs.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Carol Andrews wrote a review Dec 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand3 contributions
Another amazing SUP adventure where the weather was perfect and the conditions on Lake Taupo were perfect for some standing up, kneeing for a bit and then laying down and soaking up the sun. Falling off was even an option taken up by one of us. The carving is amazing and to be actually floating in front of it was surreal. If that wasn't enough, we also popped on to the Waikato River and had a very full river sweep us to the exit before Huka Falls. An action packed day with some lovely people. East Coast Paddlers for your SUP lessons, regular club paddles, adventures away and the gear to do it with. Thank you.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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kylacampbellk wrote a review Nov 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
We had a mixture of experienced and newbies to SUP and Porina was a really enthusiastic and patient instructor! The 8 of us really enjoyed our time and can’t recommend this activity enough!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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ngawaiormsby wrote a review Apr 2021
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Fantastic experience with a bunch of friends. We couldn't stop raving about it afterwards. Great opportunity for fun and loads of laughs. The express lesson was thorough and exactly what the girls needed to get going. Nga mihi Mauao adventures. We will be back ❤️
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Date of experience: April 2021
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