For Waitangi weekend we decided a get away to Whangarei was in order, to get some relaxation in and catch a few summits. Whangerei certainly has its share of summits on offering. Over the course of the long weekend we found 5 to activate, however there were plenty more available.
Mount Lion is a summit at the western tip of Bream Head. The climb up is steep and is mostly staired. In the heat of the day this was a difficult climb and plenty of fluids were required. On the way up through the bush views of Marsden point refinery and Busby head framed the boats cruising the harbour. Once at top a view across to Ocean beach reminds you of why climbing summits is so enjoyable.
Activity at the top started on VHF with a rag chew with a few locals that I hadnt spoken to in some time. No luck on 40 m this time so we switched to 20 m and then 18 m to round out a total of 9 contacts for the summit.
The trip down was a lot faster. However once the shade of the bush was gone the heat of the sun made itself known. A swim in the ocean at the bottom of the track cooled us down as we ticked of our first Northland activation.
Summit – ZL1/NL-040 – Mount Lion
Height – 395 mASL
Access – Near the end of Whangerei heads road turn right into a narrow road at Urquharts Bay. A car park at the end with facilites is available. Follow the track up to Smugglers bay. At the peak of this track turn left towards the orange post in the fenceline. Once through the fence follow the well formed track / steps to the summit.
Nominal time to summit – 1 hour walk to summit.
Mobile and internet coverage from the summit – 3g coverage on Spark and Vodafone network.
Summit Marker – Clearing on a rock at the top.
Land Access Permission – Not required – DoC Land.