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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 1 – Visiting 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 1 and visitor access to the Maunga and on-site facilities have returned to normal:

  • Gates are open
  • Playgrounds are open – please do not use if you are unwell
  • Toilets are open – please wash your hands thoroughly after use
  • Businesses are open
  • Event applications can be submitted
  • Tour operations can resume.

Alert Level 1 is not ‘Alert Level none’ – this means that we must continue to do small things in our everyday lives to help avoid future lockdowns or limit their length if they do happen. We ask all Maunga visitors to adhere to the following:

  • If you’re unwell, stay home and phone your GP or Healthline for advice
  • Practice good hygiene, including washing your hands frequently
  • Record your movements using the NZ COVID Tracer app or a manual record of where you have been.

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:

Maunga closures – Guy Fawkes 2020

Despite signage advising that fireworks are banned on the maunga, we have had one or more maunga set on fire by members of the public at the tihi over the last few years. 

Following the massive 2019 Guy Fawkes fires at Maungarei / Mt Wellington and Maungawhau / Mt Eden, the Tūpuna Maunga Authority announced that the maunga will be closed to the public in the evenings during Guy Fawkes week every year, as long as fireworks remain on public sale.

When the maunga will close

The maunga will be closed to all members of the public from:

Monday 2 November to Sunday 8 November, from 7.30pm through to usual gate opening time the next day. 

Security staff will patrol the maunga during these times to make sure no visitors are within the grounds and that the maunga remain safe from fires. 

Help us keep the maunga safe

This year you have the chance to work alongside professional security staff to keep the maunga safe during Guy Fawkes. 

Volunteers will be stationed at maunga entrances to engage with members of the public.  

All volunteers will receive:

  •  a health and safety briefing
  • a high-vis vest
  • kai and water
  • support from the Tūpuna Maunga Authority management and security staff. 

We will need volunteers in the evenings from Thursday 5 November (Guy Fawkes day) through to Sunday 8 November, from 7pm to 10.30pm. 

Which maunga will be patrolled

The maunga being patrolled include:

  • Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill
  • Maungarei / Mt Wellington
  • Maungauika / North Head 
  • Maungawhau / Mt Eden
  • Ōhinerau / Mt Hobson
  • Ōtāhuhu / Mt Richmond
  • Ōwairaka / Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura / Mt Albert
  • Pukewīwī / Puketāpapa / Mt Roskill
  • Takarunga / Mt Victoria 
  • Te Kōpuke / Tītīkōpuke / Mt St John
  • Te Pane o Mataoho / Te Ara Pueru / Māngere Mountain

How to volunteer

If you would like to volunteer, complete the Volunteer Registration Form by 5pm Wednesday 28 October 2020.

You may register on behalf of a group of people. All volunteers must be 18 or older

We will reply with confirmation of your volunteer registration and further briefing details.   

If you have questions you would like to ask us before completing the volunteer registration, email us at with the subject heading 'Guy Fawkes Volunteer Registration'.

Thank you for helping to keep the maunga and your community safe this Guy Fawkes!

You should know

All volunteers must be 18 or older.

Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2020/21

The Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 requires the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to prepare an annual operational plan. This is considered within the framework of the Auckland Council Annual Budget 2020/21.

Purpose of the plan

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2020/21 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 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

The plan also provides indicative long-term funding information for the financial years 2022/23 through to 2027/28.

Consultation and adoption of the plan

Public consultation on the Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2020/21 took place from 26 February to 22 March 2020, alongside our annual budget consultation process.

The documents were available at libraries and service centres, and at Tūpuna Maunga Authority events during the consultation period. Consultation included a public hearing of written submissions.

The plan and its summary were adopted by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority at Hui 56 on 20 July 2020 and adopted by Auckland Council on 30 July 2020. 

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2020/21 is now operative.

Read the plan

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: