A steady climb through regenerating native bush to the summit of Mount Manaia rewards you with breathtaking views of the dramatic entrance to Whangarei Harbour.
The track leads you under nīkau palms and kauri stands with glimpses of northern rātā hanging from pōhutukawa among a cluster of jagged bush-covered peaks.
As you climb towards the summit of Mount Manaia, 420 m above sea level, the gradient gets steeper and the views get more impressive.
History and culture
Mount Manaia is the ancestor and chief of Ngātiwai and the many hapū (sub-tribes) of Whangarei. The craggy peaks represent his family who were turned to stone through karakia (ritual chants) in a dispute over the infidelity of Manaia’s wife.
Mount Manaia is a sacred place for Ngātiwai and the many hapū (sub-tribes) of the Whangarei area – respect the area and keep to the marked tracks.
How to get here
Mount Manaia is 28 km east of Whangarei. Park in the Mount Manaia Club’s lower car park on Whangarei Heads Road above McLeod Bay. The track begins just above the car park.
Credit photo & content to NZ Walking Access Commission
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