Last Updated: 25th Apr 2024


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1100 Steps to WOW!

Up Mt Manaia

Whangarei, Northland

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 25th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 34 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush


Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +19.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -19.1%


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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.

This trail includes the peak Manaia.

Views, rocks, views and more views... and over 1100 steps (each way)!

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Quite a lot of parking.

28 km

30 minutes




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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Trail Reviews

Worth all the steps, even on a slightly cloudy day! Awesome views, especially if you take the wee offshoot to the bluff about half way up!

Lauren Mai Anderson

June 21, 2022

The views from here are so worth it! If you want to add a bit on, run down the hill from the car park to McLeods Bay then head left along the shore and youll pick up a track that leads to Reotahi. From there you can continue heading round the coastline to Little Munro Bay, then up the road which will take you back to the start. Alternatively if you really want more climbing take the Mt Aubrey track which also comes out in Little Munro Bay. Ah the options!

Katie Smith

August 16, 2019

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