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Mount Manaia

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Address: Whangarei Heads Rd, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Mt Manaia is one of a cluster of jagged, bush covered peaks towering 403...

Mt Manaia is one of a cluster of jagged, bush covered peaks towering 403 metres above sea level. There are some great information boards at the start of this walk. It begins with a lovely view south from the early settlers' memorial and continues into the bush at an easy grade. Then the steps begin, which continue almost continuously to the top. A wooden staircase leads to the highest point accessible to anyone without climbing gear or the remotest fear of heights. The views are two-fold. To one side of the pillar, north-east over Whangarei Harbour towards the city, while to the other there's a great view of Bream Head with the Hen and Chicken islands behind. But the best view of the lot comes, not from the summit, but from heading back down around 200m from the top where a clear but unmarked path heads left and, after just a minute or so, leads to a large, rock platform. From here, there's a spectacular uninterrupted view to the jagged hills of Mt Lion and the islands, as well as the best view of the summit's rock pillars. You must return the same way and expect the hike to take about 2 hrs. Medium fitness required, bring a water bottle and sturdy walking shoes recommended. Don't forget your camera and be sure to post pictures to this listing!

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A steep climb but well worth it!!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 and a nice spot to have an end of walk drink while looking out over... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a lovely shaded bush walk up - 45 mins to 1 hour. And fabulous views from the top. Sneakers are fine for this - not jandals though. Definitely recommend it!

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take it easy if it is your first time, bring lots of water especially on a hot day, and enjoy the walk up

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Throughly enjoyed our walk up Mount Mania this morning. The track has been improved since I last made the effort to do this great walk. We passed young and old, male, female, and children. Everyone had a smile. Made the top in 43 mins and we are not that fit. The view at the top is just out of this... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not too hard a climb....once you to the top the views are stunning! The track is quite good the whole way up and plenty of spots to stop for a breather ie - check out the view! The rainforest trees make you feel like you're in a tropical jungle!

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Parua Bay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

stunning scenery a great place to spend the day visiting all the little bays and crystal clear waters, plenty of challenging walking tracks or leisurely beach walks, surfing, fishing its all here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Well worth the hour or so hike to summit, well maintained track with some great new stair features. With moderate fitness you should get up within an hour easily but it does feature some challenging stair climbs that could require a few rest stops for the unprepared.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Pretty cool walk, really good track! Takes about an hour to the top with a few stops along the way because there is a lot of stairs! Totally worth it though when you get to the top and see the most amazing view!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We decided to squeeze in a walk up Mt Manaia late in the day and made our way up to arrive at the top just before sunset. While we'd expected a steep climb, given the 1300 steps, the quality of the track meant this was less daunting than we had feared. The walk was very pleasant with a few good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The Mt.Manaia track is a must do for anyone who is interested in scenery. There are some very nice views along the way, not to mention those at the top. There are about 1100 steps in this track. Well worth the effort. Even those who are not fit would enjoy the very nice viewpoint a few metres from the car... More 

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