This page contains information about the Mount Manaia Track at Whangarei Heads, a steep climb that needs a good level of fitness.
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Mount Manaia is one of a cluster of majestic, jagged, bush-covered hills, the remnants of volcanic action, that overlook the entrance to Whangarei harbour. There are impressive views over Bream Bay from the summit, 403 metres above sea-level.
The area is of special significance to Māori who will not live in the shadow of the mountain. Legend has it that Hautatu, a chief who lived on the opposite side of the harbour entrance, crossed the water and was chasing after his wife Pito and two children who had been taken captive by Manaia, the paramount chief of Whangarei. All five were struck by lightning and turned into the rock outcrops visible at the summit.
The track has been upgraded and includes flights of steps, but great care needs to be taken by anyone attempting to reach the very top.
For further information about the area and track to the summit, follow the link below to the Department of Conservation website.
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