2-3 Hrs 3.5 km (return)


  • Natural rock lookouts
  • Regenerating native bush
  • Spectacular ocean views



Natural rock lookouts do not have safety barriers so care is needed near cliff edges.

Wander through regenerating native forest to the summit of Mount Manaia, where rocky outcrops create perfect natural lookouts with spectacular views.

Northland & Bay of Islands
Mt Manaia Track, Northland & Bay of Islands

Wind your way through regenerating native forest to the summit of Mount Manaia, 420m above sea level.

As you climb, the landscape becomes increasingly spectacular, with views overlooking one of New Zealand's most dramatic harbour entrances. Along the way, check out the impressive stands of large tree ferns (punga) and natural rocky outcrops that are perfect lookouts for views of Bream Head and the Hen and Chicken Islands. To reach the mountain's true summit, you will need a strong head for heights, but the views from the top are well worth the effort.

Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

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More information

Getting there

  • Mount Manaia is located at Taurikura Bay, east of Whangarei City.
  • The track starts just above the Manaia Club’s lower carpark. 

Need to know

  • Please keep to marked tracks
  • Look out for cliffs/fall hazards. Supervise children. 

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