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.
|487 m (1,598 ft)
|North Island, New Zealand
|37° 7′ 40″ S, 175° 11′ 19″ E
|Manga: stream; tangi:weeping
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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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).