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Address: Whangarei Heads Rd, Whangarei, New Zealand

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Beautiful hike

The view from the base, several outposts along the way, and from the top are spectacular. While the hike is slightly strenuous, it is on an incredibly we'll maintained trail wit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2014
Madison W
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The view from the base, several outposts along the way, and from the top are spectacular. While the hike is slightly strenuous, it is on an incredibly we'll maintained trail wit lots of built in steps. If you're in the area, it's well worth it.

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Sydney, Australia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

If you can climb stairs then you should be able to get to the top - just take the time you need for your fitness level. (no need to run up like some of the locals do!) We are in our early fifties & though strenuous - had no trouble. Take water, camera & light jacket for the wind at... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The department of conservation spent thousands producing this walkway that includes over a 100 formed steps. A basic degree of fitness is required but we have seen primary school and pensioners cheerfully zipping up and down the path. Do take water and a second layer of clothing as it can get cooler at the top.Views in all directions are spectacular.... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Looking at the height we had to walk detered me a little bit. It took us (2 adults & 3 kids 3,4 & 7) 1hr 30mins all up hill, with what felt like a million stairs to reach the top. Not alot of space up there for many people & i was a little scared of my little 1's as... More 

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Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Mt. Manaia is a great hike with spectacular views from the top. I took my 10 year old and my friend had her 8 year old and they could manage it no problem. The track is well maintained and safe. The boys even found a geo-cache. We didn't know what it was and had to google it. They were thrilled.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Take a short hike up the mountain side and have an explore in the native bush, So many features to see and animal life in the bush, When you get to the top there in a viewing platform but for the more outgoing. Head up the top to the trig station.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

The most incredible views from the top of this mountain. Not for the faint hearted... Or those with weak knee joints. I'm not the fittest but I am young and active and I struggled. Absolutely worth it once you get to the top tho!!!

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Perth, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
19 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I have no idea how many steps there are to the top, but there are lots! We made it in about 50 mins but it was hard work. The view at the top is fabulous on a fine, clear blue day.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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140 reviews 140 reviews
69 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a panoramic view of the city. Really amazing. There are steps for the walker to climb to the very top which I feel has spoilt the 'natural' ruggedness. No more climbing over tree roots and through muddle streams.. Shame... I feel climbing steps is harder on the legs but it is certainly well worth the effort.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

It is well worth the effort to climb the track to the lookout for the magnificent view of Whangarei Harbour.

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