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Mount Aubrey is a steep, bush-clad 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 include the nearby Mount Manaia.
The views from the ridge and peaks are breathtaking, taking in the whole of the Whangārei 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 Whangārei Heads to the south.
There is a dedicated car park at Tiller Park, 600 metres on the left, off Reotahi Rd, from where the northern end of the track starts.
The track can also be reached at its southern end from the Reotahi Coastal Walkway, near Little Munro Bay. Access options for that walkway are on the Reotahi page:
Time: 1 hour (one-way)
Distance: 1.5 km
The track passes through two 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 360-degree views from the top are spectacular but caution is recommended as there are no handrails.
Reotahi Road, Whangarei Heads, Whangārei 0174 View Map
Reotahi Road, Whangarei Heads ,
1 - A well made path with easy access for most people including families.
2 - A short walk generally on well made path but may include steeper sections.
3 - A longer walking track usually well made including steps and more suitable for people with reasonable fitness.
Mount Aubrey Reotahi map(PDF, 163KB)