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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