2-3 Hrs 5 km (return)


  • Giant staircase - natural amphitheatre
  • Clifftop ocean views to offshore islands
  • Beach walk



The section linking Mangawhai Walk and Cove Road is closed 1 September to 31 October each year.

Journey over beaches and cliff tops, through farmlands and native forest to discover views that reach all the way down to the Hauraki Gulf.

Northland & Bay of Islands
Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway, Northland & Bay of Islands

Head north along the beach for about 20 minutes before turning inland where signsposts will lead you on a steep upward climb to the cliff top.

As you wind your way along the ridgeline, marvel at the native nikau, pohutukawa and taraire trees that cling to the almost sheer slopes below. Make sure you stop to check out the 'giant staircase' a natural rock amphitheatre carved from the hillside just below the track. At the highpoint of the ridgeline breathtaking panoramic views stretch from Bream Head all the way down to the Hauraki Gulf and the offshore islands.

Department of Conservation

Click on the link the below for more information and detailed maps about this hike.

Mangawhai Walkway(opens in new window)

More information

Alternative route

For the return journey you have the option of walking back along the beach (at low tide) or return via the cliff.

  • The beach section of this walk is dependent on the tide.
  • To determine tide level, turn right on the beach and note the massive leaning rock 50m away. If water is surging through the gap, you must return via the cliff.

Getting there

  • Located on the Twin Coast Highway, turn off SH1 just north of Te Hana.
  • Track is sign posted from the Mangawhai Surf Life Saving Club carpark.

Need to know

  • The beach walk section must be done at low tide - if water has reached the massive rock formation follow the cliff walk instead.
  • Track linking Mangawhai Walk and Cove Road is closed 1 September until the end of October for lambing and calving.
  • Take extreme care near cliff edges.

You may also be interested in...