Mount Manaia, Whangarei
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Challenge yourself and climb to the peak of Mount Manaia, 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. For Mount Manaia and beyond, use our Whangarei trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Whangarei vacation.
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  • This is a spectacular track with many steps. It is very steep but a very rewarding workout. Taken slowly it is manageable by most people. It is very tough on knees coming down. Local youngsters have b...  more »
  • This is quite a challenging walk so a degree of fitness is recommended. Take your time and enjoy some stops on the way up to appreciate some of the views. 
  • I found this walk challenging, mostly because of the amount of stairs to get to the top. Amazing view once you're up there. Make sure to go up on a sunny day. Take a water bottle. Great to watch the s...  more »