Mount Manaia Track, Whangarei

#4 of 12 in Parks in Whangarei
Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Challenge yourself and climb to the peak of Mount Manaia Track, a chain of basalt peaks overlooking the Whangarei Harbor. The trek involves a vigorous ascent through a forest with several viewing points along the way. Visitors who reach the top are rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views of the harbor, Bream Bay, and nearby islands. Try to identify native birds along the way, including the nation's icon, the kiwi. Ask a local for the mythology behind the peaks, and receive a story about mythical monsters and the god of weather. A visit to Mount Manaia Track represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Whangarei road trip planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • DoC rates it as easy to moderate 4km short walk however when you include majority steep steps it is not an easy walk even for an avg fit person. I am relatively sporty but I was catching my breathe...  more »
  • Amazing and challenging day walk. Well worth doing for the incredible panoramic views. Highly recommended.  more »
  • Great track, well maintained. Of course it'll be hard to know, but it may be worth going up when there is less traffic as some parts are narrow and giving way becomes a tad tiresome. View is amazing, and we were lucky enough not to have any wind at the top, nor too many people to share the viewing area with.
  • Around 1000 stairs up to the summit but well worth it. Went in the late afternoon, still hot but fantastic views. If you are heading up, make sure to check out the bluff view about ¾ up the track just off the boardwalk by a fallen tree. Be careful though as there is no railing and it's a steep drop.
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