Standing 420 metres, the summit offers outstanding views of the Marsden Point Oil Refinery, Bream Bay and the Hauraki Gulf to the south, Whangarei Harbour to the west and the Poor Knights Islands and Northland coast to the north.
Mt Manaia - along with Mt Lion, Bream Head and the Hen and Chicken Islands, are the scattered remnants of a large, 50 kilometer diameter volcano that erupted with force 20 million years ago during the early miocene period. Its jagged outline is similar to that of its neighbours and other volcanic outcrops in Northland that erupted in a similar period.
Today blanketed by native bush, Manaia's jagged peaks and steep bluffs are protected within a Department of Conservation reserve which features a well-maintained 1½ hour track to the summit.
Mt Manaia viewed from Manaia Baptist Camp at Taurikura
Mt Lion and Taurikura viewed from the flanks of Mt Manaia
Looking down at the Marsden Point Oil Refinery from across Whangarei Harbour
Bream Head and the Bream Islands viewed from atop the summit
The Bream Islands with Great Barrier Island in the distance viewed from Mt Manaia
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