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COVID-19 Alert Level 3

At Alert Level 3: Step 1 you can travel throughout Auckland for exercise and recreation outdoors. Our early childhood centres are open for enrolled children only.

Customer-facing facilities like leisure centres, community venues, customer service centres and libraries will remain closed until further notice. Essential services will continue.

Wear a face covering, use the NZ COVID Tracer app, maintain a 2m physical distance, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.

For the information about council services and closures, visit the COVID-19 section

To learn more about Auckland Council's response to COVID-19, visit OurAuckland


Water restrictions lifted - Water restrictions in Auckland have been removed from 23 October 2021. Learn more

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.

The Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2021/2022

We are required under the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 to prepare an annual operational plan.

This is considered within the framework of Auckland Council's Emergency Budget 2021/2022.

Purpose of the draft plan

The Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2021/2022 sets out the authority's expectations for the management of the Tūpuna Maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).

It also guides associated projects and programmes during the 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 financial year.

The plan provides us with long-term funding information for the financial years 2023/2024 through to 2030/2031.

Public consultation on the draft plan

Public consultation on the Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2021/2022 will run from 22 February to 22 March 2021.

This will be held alongside our Recovery Budget (10-year Budget 2021-2031) consultation. 

You can visit the Tupuna Maunga Authority's website to find:

  • the draft plan
  • summary documents
  • information on how to make a submission.

You can also view the documents during the consultation period at:

  • Auckland Council libraries
  • Auckland Council service centres (from 26 February to 22 March 2021)
  • Tūpuna Maunga Authority events.

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: