Zappers, I read your posting recommending some tour links. I will arrive on the Sapphire Princess early April and have contacted Mount Classics (www.mctours.co.nz) for a 3 hour local tour of Tauranga, including the Elms Mission, Minden Scenic lookout, Kiwi 360 and Comvita.
I have been to the Rotorua area in the past, but have not been to Tauranga area, so thought I would do this short tour and use the remainder of the day to walk the Mount, etc. Just thought I would run this by you in case you have comments or suggestions.
How long does it take to walk up & down the Mount? Is it better to climb the Mount in the morning or afternoon? I thought I would do the 10 AM tour for 3 hours, eat lunch and then walk.
I welcome comments from anyone else, too!
And thank you, Zappers. I have been taking advantage of your postings to others.