I think there were two trails to get to the top of Mount Maunganui. Both are clearly marked and easy if you take your time. People, young and old, were doing the hike, and everyone seemed to enjoy being outdoors.
I can’t remember which trail we took, but we made it by simply plugging along and resting or taking photos when the urge came upon us. This wasn’t one of those strenuous hikes that make you wonder why you’re doing this to yourself. Mount Maunganui is picturesque and you’ll find yourself easily distracted by the scenery. Some people preferred to run to the summit, which I thought was pretty good of them.