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Te Whakahaere o ngā Tūpuna Maunga

Management of the 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 Alert Level 2 – Management of the Tūpuna Maunga

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

Auckland is currently at Alert Level 2 and visitor access to the Maunga and on-site facilities has mostly returned to normal:

  • Gates are open.
    Maungauika / North Head vechicle and pedestrian gates will close on America's Cup race days (if race course C is selected).
  • Practice physical distancing and use the COVID Tracer app to record your visit.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • Playgrounds and sports fields are open.
  • Toilets are open.
  • Drinking fountains are closed.
  • Businesses are open.
  • Event applications can be submitted - alert level conditions apply.
  • Tour operations can resume - alert level conditions apply.

All matters relating to Maunga access will be reviewed in line with any government changes to the Covid-19 Alert Level status.

If you have any questions, please email:

Visit for the latest public health and alert level status information.

Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan is an annual document.

It sets out the authority’s expectations for the management of:

  • the Tūpuna Maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
  •  associated projects and programmes.

The plan guides us during the relevant financial year. It also includes plans for the future under Auckland Council's 10-year Budget (long-term plan).

We hold a public consultation on the Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan each year alongside our annual budget consultation.

You can read the Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan on the Tūpuna Maunga Authority website.

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
  • 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