We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mount Manaia Track

Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei 0192, New Zealand
Review Highlights
A lot of stairs bring you to an awesome view

I really enjoyed the view from the top. There are a lot of stairs on this trail. I am not the... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
Medellin, Colombia
Very rewarding 450metre high giving 360 degree view

Allow 2 hours for the round trip walk up Mt Manaia - it is very worthwhile. I estimate 4.8km round... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
Brian B
via mobile
Read all 137 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 07:00 - 07:00
Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei 0192, New Zealand
Write a Review
Reviews (137)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

11 - 20 of 134 reviews

Reviewed 28 March 2017

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
Reviewed 25 March 2017 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...More

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 25 March 2017

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...More

Thank AndyBeeNZ
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...More

Thank JessMack12
Dwh S, Public Relations Manager at Mount Manaia Track, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2017

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

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...More

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...More

Thank Murray400
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Loved this area. Nice peaceful community, stunning beaches, lots to discover. Another tranquil haven in NZ. Wouldn't hesitate to return.

Thank Parul B
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The Whangarei Heads have some lovely walks and this is one of the more spectacular. Over 100 steps in 1.5 km take you up through the bush to 430 and a rocky platform in amongst some amazingly big rocks. There are great views all round...More

1  Thank NeilMarshall2267
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Great climb up with lots and lots of steps! Definitely bring water as you might get really sweaty. We did this in 90 minutes (return). Pretty amazing views from the top!

1  Thank atalyaticoalu
Reviewed 7 February 2017

A great climb up mostly formed staircases until you come out on top of the mountain. The views are amazing and a well earned rest can be taken while you enjoy the sights. The Mt Manaia walking club is at the beginning of the track...More

Thank Fish03
Nearby Restaurants
The Good Food Collective
6 reviews
7.66 km away
Parua Bay Tavern
296 reviews
7.51 km away
Land & Sea Cafe, Bar and Eatery
63 reviews
4.14 km away
75 reviews
1.09 km away
Nearby Attractions
Ocean Beach
104 reviews
4.70 km away
Port Marsden Oil Refinery Visitor Center
28 reviews
7.24 km away
Jump Off A Cliff
26 reviews
4.66 km away
Smugglers Bay Loop Track
6 reviews
3.75 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
2 November 2016|
Response from OutThere-Kiwi | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately public transport only goes as far as the airport at Onerahi. One of the private shuttle services might be able to help but that will most probably only be cost effective if there's a group of you. Try searching... More
23 September 2015|
Response from coasthoppa | Reviewed this property |
no tickets required to climb Mt.Manaia