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Mount Aubrey

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This page contains information about the walkway at Mount Aubrey in the Whangarei Heads area - enjoy 360 degree views over Whangarei Harbour, Bream Head and Mount Manaia.
Updated: 4/11/2019 9:24 a.m.

Mount Aubrey is a steep, bushclad ridge and scenic reserve rising above the settlement of McLeod Bay. It is part of the remains of an ancient chain of volcanoes in the area, which included Mount Manaia.

The 360 degree views from the ridge and peaks are breathtaking, taking in the whole of the Whangarei Harbour, the Marsden Bay port and the oil refinery.

Pataua and the Pacific coastline can be seen to the east together with Mount Manaia and the Whangarei Heads to the south. 

Mount Aubrey takes its name from Harcourt Richard Aubrey, who came to Whangarei from London in 1840. In 1848 he became the Resident Magistrate, Collector of Customs and Emigration Officer for Whangarei and Postmaster for Whangarei Heads. 

The time given is for walking the track one way only.

Reotahi to Little Munro Bay

Grade:      3
Time:        1 hour
Distance:   1.5 km

From the Tiller Park car park on the outskirts of  Reotahi, the track passes through 2 large rocks and climbs the hill. The climb is quite steep with many flights of steps up to the top ridge.  

At the top, the track continues along the ridge but a minor detour to the right up onto a rock dome and a trig point is well worthwhile, for those prepared to brave the short climb off the track. The views from the top are spectacular but caution is recommended as there are no handholds. 

The track descends more gently through an extensive area of puriri and totara trees to a point where it joins the Reotahi Coastal Walkway. Turning left, the track leads to Little Munro Bay (300 metres) or by turning right, it leads back to the car park at Reotahi (1.1 km) to form a longer circular walk.

From Little Munro Bay, the road leads uphill back to the Whangarei Heads Road. Turning right at the junction and following the footpath leads back to Reotahi.

Follow the link below to download a printable map of the tracks.

Mount Aubrey and Reotahi walkways map [163kb]

For information about the Reotahi Coastal Walkway, follow the link below.

Reotahi Coastal Walkway

What to expect

  • a well maintained and signposted track with a large number of steps 
  • it is mostly metalled other than along the ridge, where the grass is maintained short 
  • there are 360 degree panoramic views, enhanced by a short detour and climb off the track to a vantage point. 

The track is popular with both locals and visitors and can be extended to include Reotahi.  

How to get to Mount Aubrey

Follow the route from Whangarei signposted to the airport and Whangarei Heads.

Just past the shopping centre in Onerahi, turn left onto Whangarei Heads Road.

The scenic drive runs along the edge of Whangarei harbour through the settlements of Waikaraka, Tamaterau and Parua Bay.

After approximately 13 kms, take a right turn at the junction signposted to Whangarei Heads and follow the road through McLeod Bay.

As you leave McLeod Bay, turn right off the Whangarei Heads Road into Reotahi Road. 

There is a dedicated car park at Tiller Park, 600 metres on the left, from where the northern end of the track starts.

The track can also be reached at its southern end from the Reotahi Coastal Walkway. 

Car parking is also available at Reotahi and at Little Munro Bay.

Location:  Whangarei Heads, Whangarei


​Track grades

1  A well made path with
    easy access for most
    people including
A short walk generally
    on well made paths
    but may include
    steeper sections. 
A longer walking track
    usually well made
    including steps and
    more suitable for
    people with
    reasonable fitness.


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