Respect your Maunga during lockdown

Last Updated : 27 Aug 2021
Respect your Maunga during lockdown
View of Takarunga / Mount Victoria and back to city from Maungauika / North Head

Each time Tāmaki Makaurau locks down, the Tūpuna Maunga Authority sees the community enjoying our beautiful ancestral mountains in increased numbers when getting their exercise.

The Tūpuna Maunga are among the best preserved Māori volcanic pā sites in the Auckland region. They contain intact archaeology such as ancient kumara pits and midden - some are of the few remaining traces of early Māori life in Tāmaki Makaurau. 

But some people are damaging these wāhi tapu (sacred sites) and the Authority calls for those exercising on the Maunga to adhere to the rules:

Stay on the formal tracks

The Authority is progressively upgrading tracks on the Maunga. Please stick to the formal tracks and avoid using those that have been closed for upgrades or fenced off for restoration.

Keep to appropriate activities

Walking and jogging are fine. Bicycles are permitted on the Maunga roads only.

Sliding and cycling down the slopes of the Tūpuna Maunga are not permitted.

During Alert Level 4, keep all dogs on leashes

To avoid coming into close contact with someone else, owners should have dogs on a leash – even in areas where you can ordinarily walk your dog off-leash.


The Authority reminds the community to adhere to COVID-19 lockdown guidelines, including maintaining a 2m distance from people outside your bubble. Playgrounds, seats, picnic tables and toilets on the Maunga are currently closed.

Read about access and services on the Tūpuna Maunga at Level 4

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