Mount Manaia Track
- Mount Manaia is located at Taurikura Bay, Whangarei Heads, which lies just east of Whangarei City. You can park in the Manaia Club’s lower car park. The main track begins just above the car park.
Bream Head Scenic Reserve is one of New Zealand’s premier coastal forest reserves and is the best example of its type in Northland. It provides a refuge for a diverse range of species brought together in a unique coastal broadleaf forest association including kiwi, kukupa (wood pigeon), threatened invertebrates, bats, skinks, geckos, several bird species from offshore islands like kaka, kakariki (red-crowned parakeet) and bellbird, and nationally and regionally significant plants.
Bream Head also provides habitat for coastal birds and the southern most mainland colony of the threatened native flax snail – pupuharakeke.
Mount Manaia is one of a cluster of jagged, bush-covered hills that make the area one of the most dramatic harbour entrances in New Zealand.
The track leads you through regenerating native bush to the summit of Mount Manaia, 403 metres above sea level. Your walk starts with a steady climb, and as the gradient gets steeper, the views get more spectacular with the Bluff lookout offering great views of Bream Head and the Hen and Chicken Islands.
About halfway to the top, the track leads you past an impressive stand of large tree ferns; the fronds they shed are creating interesting displays in the forest understory.
A climb right to the very top is only for those with a strong head for heights; but once there and even on the upper slopes, the view is as good as being in an aeroplane.
You must return the same way. The alternative return track is closed until further notice.
Plan and prepare
- 3.5 km
- 3.0 hours
- Plant Life
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