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1100 Steps to WOW!, Northland

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1100 Steps to WOW!Beginner

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


1:15 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



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No chance of getting lost here.... head from the carpark up to the lower lookout, take a pic or two... then head through the footwash for your shoes and start climbing. Little spurts of runnable semi-flat and all those steps, but so worth it at the top. When you've been there, taken the pics and sucked it all in, return the same way.

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 85%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Head from Whangarei towards Whangarei Heads... when you get to Whangarei Heads Village, look for Mt Manaia Club on your left, head into there and down to the bottom carpark and you will see the start of the trail.

    Quite a lot of parking.

    28 km

    30 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.


    Up top is exposed, so strong winds could make it dodgy.

    There are dangerous drop-offs up top especially, however common sense will keep you safe.

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