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Maraetai & Mangakino , Waikato

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Maraetai & Mangakino Beginner

Submitted by Linda Downes

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:10 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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Starting North of Mangakino village on Lake road head in to newly built Waikato river trail (opened in June 2021) section To Maraetai Power station there is a railing fence and a sign there. The track is a wide gravel track that flows beside the lake in and out of pockets of native bush extremely easy to follow Once you arrive at the give way sign where there is a road crossing that carries on to the next section of the river trail (Waipapa) turn around and head back to your car

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  • Access

    Just north of Mangakino village on Lake road (a few hundred meters down from the Waipapa rd intersection) is a small pull off area and the entry to the trail

    There is plenty of grass verge to park on if pull off area is full. Otherwise parking at the other end of the trail is fine, plenty of space there.

    2 km

    1 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No drinking water available

    It feels very sheltered and safe in the area

    Waikato River Trails is shared use, it's designed for mountain bikers

  • Post run indulgence

    The Dam cafe
    115 State highway 32, Whakamaru
    Yum coffee and food

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