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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.

The following conditions apply on the Maunga:

  • Vehicle gates are open, including limited mobility vehicle access to summits
  • Businesses are open, with physical distancing measures in place
  • Playgrounds and sports fields are open. Do not use if you are sick
  • Toilets are open
  • Drinking fountains remain closed.

Keep track of your visits by using the NZ COVID Tracer app manual check-in if necessary, or make notes. Report non-compliance to Police by phoning 105 or online at

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 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: