Mount Parihaka Scenic Reserve
- Mair Park, Rurumoki Street (off Hatea Drive)
Parihaka is an old eroded volcanic cone, 241 metres above sea level. Parihaka is a former pa site, which would have been home to more than 2000 people. It contains visible remains of house sites, storage pits and defences along the 3km of ridgeline. The mountain is one of the most significant mountains for Maori in Northland.
Much of the land around Parihaka pa was gifted to the people of Whangarei. The foresight and generosity of early settlers, including Herbert Dobbie, Robert Mair, Colonel Mackesy, Douglas Ross, Norman Drummond and the Lovatt brothers, contributed 143.5ha to the bush reserve. There are now high quality, all weather walking tracks along the Hatea River and up the slopes of Parihaka.
Signs at the beginning of the tracks give the estimated times for each of these walks.
- 2.0 hours
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