Visiting the Whangarei Heads area without admiring the sheer force of Mount Manaia is nearly impossible. Majestically towering over the Whangarei Harbour, Manaia combines myths and legends like no other. The 90-minute return hike to the summit is a must if you’re heading out that way. You’ll be rewarded with unsurpassed 360-degree views.
If you’d like to enjoy some beautiful vistas over the Whangarei Harbour, but are intimidated by the sheer size of Mount Manaia, why not try hiking up its smaller cousin, Mount Aubrey? The track is suitable for people with a medium fitness level and offers spectacular views of the Pacific coastline.
Whangarei has got a stunning scenery that is best admired on foot. Several walks and tracks throughout the entire district are waiting to be explored, with track lengths varying from short strolls to several hour-long hiking trails.
Ever since it’s official opening in 2014, the Hatea Loop has quickly become one of the most popular spots for locals and tourists alike. It is fully wheelchair accessible and a favourite among families to take their little ones out for a bike ride or give the dog a runaround.
Winner of the prestigious international Green Flag Award, the Parihaka Scenic Reserve is a popular hiking destination for locals and tourists in Whangarei. The dormant volcano of Mount Parihaka was once the site of massive battles and massacres, and remnants of ancient Māori settlements can still be found today.