Parihaka is an old eroded bushclad volcanic cone and at 241 metres high is visible and recognisable from many places in the city. It is a former pā site and is one of the most significant mountains for Māori in Northland.
The summit of Mount Parihaka is a popular destination for its panoramic views over the city and the harbour. The viewing platform is next to a memorial to commemorate those lost in the two world wars.
The foresight and generosity of early European settlers contributed 143.5 ha to the bush reserve and the Dobbie, Drummond and Ross tracks are named after 3 of them.
The walking tracks are all through native bush and can be linked to form circular walks or can be walked one way with pick up at the other end.
The Hatea Walkway alongside the unspoilt Hatea River creates further options for longer walks in the area.
A network of mountain bike trails on Parihaka is maintained by the Mountain Bike Club.