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Management of the Tūpuna Maunga

Te Whakahaere o ngā Tūpuna Maunga

Auckland Council is responsible for the management of the Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) under the direction of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.

COVID-19 – Tūpuna Maunga access

The health and safety of maunga visitors, lease holders and staff is a priority for the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, as we all unite against COVID-19.

The New Zealand government has issued strict guidelines for the operation of services and movement of people. This impacts how you can visit and use the maunga.

Maunga access has changed

We've made the following changes to the Tūpuna Maunga. They will remain in place until the government revises the national COVID-19 alert levels and associated restrictions.

All vehicle entrance gates are closed

Individual vehicle access codes for maunga gates will not work. This is to reduce the risk of people gathering at the maunga.

Vehicle access for emergency services, security and other essential services will work as normal.

Pedestrian access continues 

You can access the maunga to take a walk and to exercise, as long as you do so alone or with the people you are in isolation with.

Please practice social distancing and remain at least two meters away from other people on the maunga.

Other changes

  • All dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • All sports fields are closed for team or group use.
  • All playgrounds are closed.
  • All public toilets are closed.
  • All businesses operating on the maunga are closed.
  • All tour operations on the maunga have ceased.
  • All organised events on the maunga have been cancelled.

If you have any questions about these changes, you can email

Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2020-2021

The Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 requires the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to prepare an annual operational plan. This will be considered within the framework of Auckland Council’s Annual Budget 2020-2021.

The Draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan 2020-2021 sets out the authority’s expectations for the management of the Tūpuna Maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland and associated projects and programmes during the financial year July 2020 to June 2021.

The plan also provides indicative long-term funding information for the financial years 2022-2023 through to 2027-2028.

Read the draft documents

Consultation on the draft plan

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority welcomes public feedback on the Draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan 2020-2021.

Online submissions

You can read and submit on the Draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan 2020-2021 alongside Auckland Council's Annual Budget 2020-2021 online

Online submissions close 22 March 2020.

Email submissions

Alternatively, you may send written feedback directly to the Tūpuna Maunga Authority via email to by 22 March 2020.

Hearing of written submissions

The authority will also convene a public hui on written submissions starting at 11am, 17 March 2020 at the Reception Lounge, Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street.

If you wish to speak to your written submission at the hearing, email by 11 March 2020.

Presentations at the hearing will be for a maximum of 10 minutes (including questions) and repetition of submissions will be avoided.

Event consultation

You can view hard copies of the Draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan 2020-2021, speak with authority representatives, and complete feedback forms at the following events:

  • 29 February 2020 11am – 4pm, Māngere Mountain, Māngere Bridge, at the "Love Your Maunga" community event
  • 15 March 2020 10.30am to 1.30pm at Pukewīwī/Puketāpapa/Mt Roskill, Mt Roskill
  • 21 March 2020 12pm to 3.30pm at Maungauika/North Head, Devonport

Copies of the draft plan and feedback forms will also be available at Te Ipu Kōrero o Maungawhau / Maungawhau Visitor Experience Centre on Maungawhau / Mt Eden.

They will also be available at local libraries and Auckland Council Service Centres from 26 February to 22 March 2020.

Access to the Tūpuna Maunga

The access times to the Tūpuna Maunga are:

  • Summer opening hours: 7am-8.30pm
  • Winter opening hours: 7am-7pm.

Season changes align to daylight savings.

More information around access is available on the Changes to vehicle access to the Tūpuna Maunga page.

Leases on the Tūpuna Maunga

If you have any questions regarding your lease on the maunga please email

Events on the Tūpuna Maunga

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is the decision-maker for all applications for events on the Tūpuna Maunga.

Under the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act, the Maunga Authority must, in making such decisions, have regard to:

  • the spiritual, ancestral, cultural, customary, and historical significance of the maunga to Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau; and
  • the maunga being held by Mana Whenua for the common benefit of Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau and the other people of Auckland.

To respect these values, the potential impact of all proposed events on the Tūpuna Maunga will be considered by the Maunga Authority.

If you are considering undertaking an event on one of the 14 Tūpuna Maunga, an event permit is required.

An “event” is defined as any organised event on the maunga that has event related infrastructure and/or more than 50 people. This includes community picnics and ceremonies.

To enquire about the event categories, permitting timeframes and fees and to apply for an event permit please email  

Filming on the Tūpuna Maunga

A filming and/or commercial still photography permit is required for filming and commercial still photography on the maunga regardless of nature, scale and location.

To apply for a filming or photography permit and enquire about the permit fee, see Filming in Auckland.

More information about the Tūpuna Maunga

If you have any questions about any of the information provided on this page, contact: