You can almost drive up to the top of Mount Donald McLean (398m above sea level). A fork in the Whatipu Road leads to a car park from where the Mount Donald McLean Walk spirals up to the top, about 15 minutes — downhill is easier! Two viewing platforms give excellent views of the Manukau Harbour towards the east and Manukau Heads/Whatipu to the west, and a great overview of bush clad hills.
Donald McLean (1820–77) arrived in New Zealand in 1840 and became an influential figure in early colonial New Zealand (Land Purchase Commissioner and Native Minister).
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