Mount Manaia Track

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Mount Manaia is the tūpuna/ancestor and chief of Ngātiwai and many iwi and hapū of not only Whangārei, but the Northland region.

The craggy peaks represent his family who were turned to stone through karakia in a dispute over the infidelity of his wife. A steady climb through regenerating native bush to the summit of Mount Manaia rewards you with breath-taking views of the dramatic entrance to Whangārei-Terenga-Paraoa (Whangārei Harbour). Approx a 4km return trip and described as taking about 2 hours. Low to moderate fitness required, a steady and steep climb with a lot of stairs.

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Mount Manaia


2129 Whangārei Heads Road
Whangārei Heads




There are stairs. There is a steady gradient. The natural rock lookouts on this track have no safety barriers and limited available space – stay well away from the drop-offs and supervise children. Extra care should be taken in wet and windy conditions due to exposed nature of rock lookouts.


Mount Manaia is 28 km east of Whangārei. Park in the Mount Manaia Club’s lower car park on Whangārei Heads Road above McLeod Bay. The track begins just above the car park.

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