Damage to Mangawhai Headland Walkway February 2023
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Two of Northland’s most popular short walks - Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway and Mt Manaia - will be closed temporarily as part of ongoing efforts to repair and enhance infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Date:  26 April 2024

In February 2023, both the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway and Mt Manaia experienced significant damage due to the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle. Subsequent engineering assessments revealed the need for repairs to ensure visitor safety and preserve the integrity of the track.

Mangawhai Heads Walkway will be closed from 29 April 2024, for approximately 10 weeks. Mt Manaia Walkway will be closed from 14 May 2024, for approximately 8-10 weeks (dependant on weather conditions.)

Throughout the closure period, alternative tracks are available for public use including the Smugglers Bay Loop Track and others in the Whangarei Heads area: Tracks Archives - Discover Whangarei Heads.

“We acknowledge the collaborative efforts of local iwi, hapū and other stakeholders in assessing the damage and planning the necessary remedial actions. The engagement of experienced contractors, including Milton Harward Construction and Plant Pro, will help restore these iconic tracks,” says Les Judd, Acting DOC Whangarei Operations Manager.

“We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of the community during these track closures and hope people take the opportunity to explore some of the other fabulous walking tracks in the area,” says Les.


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