Mangatangi

Mangatangi peak is part of the Hunua Ranges. The trek up to the Mangatangi trig using the Vining Walkway is approximately five hours. The walk passes through podocarp forest and at the top there are good views from the grassy summit.

List Status Official
Elevation 487 m (1,598 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Auckland
Location Coordinates 37° 7′ 40″ S, 175° 11′ 19″ E
Nearest Town/s Pukekohe, Auckland
Range Hunua Ranges
Geology Sedimentary
Translation Manga: stream; tangi:weeping
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 5 hours (return)
Distance 10.2 km (6.3 mi)
Start/End Points Start at Kaiaua Rd, 6 km from the Mangatangi Rd turnoff. Return to the same location.
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Track
Season Help.gif October to July
Hazards Slippery underfoot.

Getting There

By Car

Mangatangi Road can be found off SH2 near Mangatawhiri. Drive along Mangatangi Road and turn off at Kaiaua Road. Drive approximately 6 km from the turnoff to the signpost for the Vining Walkway.

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Our Recommended Route

Start from Kaiaua Rd, where the Vining Walkway is signposted next to a farm gate and stile. The route is well marked with poles and trianges, and easy to follow. The first part of the walk goes accross paddocks and involves crossing one stream.

Then the track starts climbing into the steep hills of Vining Scenic Reserve, where you walk along a narrow ridge through open forest of kanuka, puriri, beech and kauri.

Eventually you join up with the Auckland Regional Council Ring Track on the main ridge. Turn right (north-east) on to the Ring Track and walk along this for a distance until you reach the track which leads to Mangatangi summit. The summit is grassed and affords panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Please note: This walk crosses private land and may be closed for lambing from the 1st August to 1st October (check with DOC).

Height Profile

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External Links

References

Department of Conservation, 2006. Auckland Day Walks. Department of Conservation, 2p.

A Dictionary of Maori Placenames, AW Reed, 1982