Mount Manaia Track

  • Walking

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.

Help stop kauri dieback


Kauri dieback disease (external site) is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest
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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.

Map of Track

Page last updated: Nov 21, 2018, 7:31 PM