Mount Manaia Track

Track category

Walking track

Time:  

1.5 hr to summit, 2.5 - 3 hr return to carpark

Distance:  

3.5 km

Description

Stunning views from the Mount Manaia Track.
Stunning views from the Mount Manaia Track

Mount Manaia is one of a cluster of jagged, bush-covered hills that make the area one of the most dramatic harbour entrances in New Zealand.

The track leads you through regenerating native bush to the summit of Mount Manaia, 403 metres above sea level.

Your walk starts with a steady climb, and as the gradient gets steeper, the views get more spectacular with the Bluff lookout offering great views of Bream Head and the Hen and Chicken Islands.

About half-way to the top the track leads you past an impressive stand of large tree ferns; their shed fonds are creating interesting displays in the forest understory.

A climb right to the very top is only for those with a strong head for heights; but once there and even on the upper slopes, the view is as good as being in an aeroplane.

You must return the same way. The alternative return track is currently closed until further notice.

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Getting there

Mount Manaia is located at Taurikura Bay, Whangarei Heads, which lies just east of Whangarei City. You can park in the Manaia Club’s lower car park. The main track begins just above the car park.

Plan and prepare

Safety

  • The natural rock lookouts on this track have no safety barriers - please take care and stay well away from the drop-offs.
  • Please stay on the marked and formed track.

Note 

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.

Track location map

Map of Mount Manaia Track.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Whangarei Office
Phone:      +64 9 470 3300
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
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