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Lake Mangamahoe, Taranaki

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Lake MangamahoeBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

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New Plymouth

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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Park in the first carpark about 100m from SH 3 on right. You should see the starting point by carpark (there is an info board with map which you might what to check out). Follow the orange posts around the lake crossing two swing bridges. At one point you will get an option of a top track or lower track. I choose the top track which takes you up above the trees along a ridge. Once the track descends back to the forest you will come down some stairs. Take a left at the bottom here (I went right the first time and ended up in the MTB park) and this will take you over the dam.

On the other side of the dam go up the gravel road and follow this to the second carpark. Continue up road until you see a dirt track going to the right, take this track to the bridle paths. At your first intersection turn left and follow the "phar lap" path around the bridle tracks which will eventually exit you at the bridle path carpark. These bridle paths are rough and muddy (thanks to horse activity) but still good to run. Once at the carpark you will follow the gravel road back to the start.

There are extended running options around the bridle paths or MTB tracks on the other side of lake. Go and explore!

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Features of interest

Hydro dam, swing bridges

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 5%

Easy Single Track: 55%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

Gravel Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Lake Access Road off State Highway 3. It is well sign posted.

    Park at the first carpark about 100m down lake access road on right. Like most places, do not leave valuables in car.

    10 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Keep an eye out for the orange post

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    None...I didn't try and drink the lake water

    Can be very muddy. One of the swing bridges was under water when I went across.

    Watch out for horses and bikers

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