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Mount Manaia Walking Track

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Published March 13th 2016
Exquisite scenery and breath-taking views
The Ascent

Mount Manaia Walkway
From the entrance to the walkway, you can see Mount Manaia in all her glory.

If you're looking to pair exercise with spectacular New Zealand scenery, the climb to the summit of Mount Manaia will give you that perfect mix. It's situated at Whangarei Heads on the North side of the Whangarei Harbour entrance.

As you enter the bush-clad part of the walkway, the statue installation gives a sense of an official welcome into the natural surroundings.

Along with the breathtaking views, there are some impressive sites to behold. This quirky rock formation caught my eye while heading towards the summit.

Trees & shrubs become frames for the beautiful sights along the way.

The view from the summit is stunning. On a clear day, you can see for miles in almost a 360 degree radius. Marsden Point, One Tree Point and Bream Bay are to the South (featured in the photo above), Ocean Beach is to the East, Whangarei Harbour is to the West and Ngunguru Bay is to the North.

The Descent

This special mountain has many ways of grabbing your attention. Somehow, stopping to admire what has intrigued you feels like the right thing to do. There are just so many beautiful natural scenarios to admire. Some are made of pure nature. Others are an appropriate mix of man-made track building techniques and nature just doing what it does in sync with the track. The track has been made in such a way that it shows respect for the natural surroundings.

The way the light plays amongst the trees is intriguing and inspiring. Sometimes it leads you along the path. Sometimes it distracts you & takes your eye to a different scene in order to be able to admire another beautiful space.

If you enjoy running, the downhill journey is an exciting way to get your puff on. With attention to precise footwork and respect for other track users, the decent down the track can be an exhilarating workout.

Just over 1000 wooden steps (according to a local), a wooden bridge and even a set of beautifully formed cobblestone steps have been built to make this place more accessible to foot traffic. As I followed this track I couldn't help but feel a sense of gratitude for the efforts of the people involved in making this track & its structures so that I can walk/run this mountain with a sturdy underfoot.

In contrast to the man-made structures, gnarly old trees dangle their limbs above the track & bolt upright nikau palms stand like soldiers to the sides of the track.

If you would like more information about the history or location of the Mount Manaia Walking Track, you can find it here.

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Why? For breath-taking views and exercise
When: Anytime
Where: Taurikura Bay, Whangarei Heads
Cost: Free
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