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Mount Manaia
Holiday Travel Guide

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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Your Backyard - Coastal Paradise
Your Backyard - Coastal Paradise
2120 Whangarei Heads Rd, 2, Whangarei Heads, Northland
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Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mcleod Bay, Reotahi Bay and Taurikura Bay. Mount Manaia is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Good view
"Tidy area, bar is 2 mins away. Good parking."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Your Backyard - Coastal Paradise
Cute Cottage at the Foot of Mt Manaia
Cute Cottage at the Foot of Mt Manaia
2120B Whangarei Heads Rd, Whangarei Heads, Northland
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Situated in Whangarei Heads, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mcleod Bay, Reotahi Bay and Taurikura Bay. Mount Manaia is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Peaceful time
"Wonderful views, and easy communication. Me and my partner had a lovely time, enjoying the peace and quiet. And the great sunsets too. Would defiantly recommend and revisit."

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2020

Cute Cottage at the Foot of Mt Manaia
Whangarei Heads Seaclusion
Whangarei Heads Seaclusion
14 Bay View Rd, Whangarei Heads, Northland
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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.
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Stunning views, peace & tranquility
"Just loved this property, we had everything we needed. Great place to escape. We will definitely be looking to book again."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

Whangarei Heads Seaclusion
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Ripples-n-tide Relaxing Waterside Studio
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Your Backyard - Coastal Paradise
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14 Bay View Rd, Whangarei Heads, Northland
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Getaway by the Sea,fishing, Surfing,swimming and a Happy Safe Place to Stay
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The price is NZ$112 per night from 26 May to 26 May
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