Mount Manaia

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Mount Manaia featuring mountains, a bay or harbour and a coastal town

A hike up this important Māori landmark will take you past indigenous flora to spectacular summit views of aquamarine harbour waters dotted with islands.

Mount Manaia is an imposing jagged mountain with scenic walking paths and stunning views of the Northland Region. Hike through regenerating indigenous bush to a summit lookout point. The mountain is an important place in Māori culture and this is commemorated with concrete statues at the beginning of the walking trail.

The Mount Manaia Track is the only way to reach the summit and it becomes extremely popular during the peak season. This scenic nature trail is about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) long and features magnificent views along the way. See Whangarei Harbour, Bream Head and the Hen and Chicken islands from the track’s look-out point, approximately 400 metres (1,300 feet) above sea level. Pack a picnic to enjoy at the summit or one of the many vantage points on the ascent, such as Bluff Lookout.

The track is a great way to see indigenous tree species including kauri and manuka trees. Kauri trees can attain heights of more than 40 metres (130 feet) and live for many centuries. Spot nikau palms and various species of wildflowers on the lower mountain slopes.

Look and listen for bellbirds, kakas and kakarikis (red-crowned parakeets). The area is a habitat for bats, skinks, geckos, kukupas (wood pigeons) and kiwis, a flightless bird and the national symbol of New Zealand.

Notice the five concrete statues, known as poupou kohatu, at the beginning of the walking track. In Māori culture, Mount Manaia’s five key rock formations are believed to represent five people racing across the mountaintop. Manaia is also the name of a local Māori chief and a mythical monster.

Mount Manaia is located in Whangarei Heads, near the regional capital of Whangarei. The mountain is just 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the city and can easily be reached by car in approximately 20 minutes. Free parking is available next to the Mount Manaia Club and the walking track is open year-round. Allow approximately 3 hours to complete the Mount Manaia Track. Appropriate hiking footwear is recommended.

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Sea views, private garden by the beach
Sea views, private garden by the beach
61 Bay View Rd, Whangarei Heads, Northland
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The price is NZ$223 per night from 31 Dec. to 31 Dec.
This family-friendly Whangarei Heads apartment building is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mcleod Bay and Reotahi Bay. Taurikura Bay and Mount Manaia ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Awesome stay!
"The accommodation had a homely feel to it. Bed was really comfy, best sleep that my partner and I had had in a while! Jo was super lovely to deal with and very friendly when we arrived (had turned the heater on for us). View is amazing so would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Sea views, private garden by the beach
Whangarei Heads Seaclusion
Whangarei Heads Seaclusion
14 Bay View Rd, Whangarei Heads, Northland
Situated in Whangarei Heads, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mcleod Bay, Reotahi Bay and Taurikura Bay. Mount Manaia is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.
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Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Whangarei Heads Seaclusion
Beach Shack at Taurikura Bay
Beach Shack at Taurikura Bay
2300 Whangarei Heads Rd, Whangarei Heads, Northland
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Taurikura Bay and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mcleod Bay and Mount Manaia. Reotahi Bay and ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
Great spot
"Great location. Walking distance to beach, walking trails and local tennis courts. Outdoor space is excellent. This place is a delightful kiwi bach."

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 2021

Beach Shack at Taurikura Bay
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Getaway by the sea,fishing, surfing,swimming and a happy safe place to stay.
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