Mangawhai Clifftop Walk

Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway

24 October 2017: Walkway open but excercise caution.

Work has been completed following a series of large slips that closed the track earlier this year. The track is open, however there is a risk of loose/unstable material – exercise caution especially along the coastal section below the cliffs and follow any warnings.

Located on Northland’s eastern coast near the town of Mangawhai, the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway offers spectacular, uninterrupted coastal views.

The formed section of the track meanders along the clifftops, skirted by long coastal grasses and stands of nikau palm and pohutukawa trees.

The return journey to Mangawhai is best achieved via the beach if the tide is right. Alternatively, walkers can return to town by retracing their steps back along the clifftop walkway. This will be a necessity at high tide.

Some sections of this walkway cross private land and visitors are asked to stick to the marked route, respect all signposted conditions of access and follow the New Zealand Outdoor Access Code.


The walkway can be accessed from the township of Mangawhai. The track is marked and begins near the Surf Club at the eastern end of Wintle Street.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 2-3 hours return
Length: 5km return
Created: 13 November 1979
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.


Photo provided courtesy of Mangawhai Walking Weekend Charitable Trust.