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Mount Manaia Track

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Address: Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei 0192, New Zealand
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Great way to exercise and see some beautiful scenery...!

Awesome views over the Whangarei Heads and through to Marsden Point once you get to the majestically large monoliths at the top of Mt Manaia! They say it is a 2hr walk, but we got... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frank M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome views over the Whangarei Heads and through to Marsden Point once you get to the majestically large monoliths at the top of Mt Manaia! They say it is a 2hr walk, but we got to the top after 35 mins, and including photos stops with10 mins at the top the whole round trip can be done in 90 mins.... More 

Thank Frank M
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great walking track with amazing views from the top. Be prepared its uphill all the way but there are good spots to sit and rest. Walking poles would be helpful on he way down if you have wobbly knees. Take a picnic for the top, its great

Thank Argamemnon
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This track was a hell of a time to climb but so worth it once you are at the top. I did this walk when I wasn't that fit and did struggle with the climb and all the steps a little bit, but the view at the top made it all worth it and the sights were breathtaking! It took... More 

Thank Renae007
Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A walk that certainly gets the lungs working! But along with the workout, there are fabulous views of the Whangarei Harbour.and the Oil Refinery. Dont stop, reaching the stop for a much needed drink and rest allows you to savor the sweeping view right along OIl Refinery along Ruakaka Beach, Waipu etc...then its all downhill, literally. Highly recommend.

Thank 731kathleen
Medellin, Colombia
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the view from the top. There are a lot of stairs on this trail. I am not the fittest person, so it was quiet hard for me to get up there, but the view was definitely worth it.

Thank Jen_worldwide
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Allow 2 hours for the round trip walk up Mt Manaia - it is very worthwhile. I estimate 4.8km round trip. The track is well formed & significant effort has been put in on adding steps in the correct places. The vegetation is in a natural state & outstanding with several big Kauri trees enroute. The views from the top... More 

Thank Brian B
Northland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mount Manaia, along with Bream Head and Mount Lion are remnants of volcanic eruptions some 20-30 million years ago - together they form an impressive welcome to Whangarei harbour to visiting sailors. According to Māori legend, Manaia is both a mythical monster, half bird and half fish, and also a local Maori chief. Folklore tells that the five key rock... More 

Thank AndyBeeNZ
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

My partner and myself decided to walk this track to see the sunrise. Despite not seeing any photos of a sunrise from the top and not knowing whether or not there was even going to be a good sunrise we set off in the dark with headtorches. By the time we were half way up it started getting lighter. The... More 

Thank JessMack12
Dwh S, Public Relations Manager at Mount Manaia Track, responded to this review

That just sounds like the most amazing experience. Thanks for sharing!! Hope you managed to get some nice photos :) More 

Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

We did it in 1:30 hours up and 1 hour down. The up was pretty much just up but the track is superb and has numerous stairs and walkways to ensure a smooth walk. The view from the top is quite breathtaking from the rock platform at the summit. The trail up is through beautiful and varied forest. Your sun... More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Well worth the effort, if your from the south island then the climb won't hurt too much. Easy track surface and lots of stairs, over 1000 we were told. Make sure you go off track at a couple of spots to get some very a special views.

Thank Murray400

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