Maraetai & Mangakino Beginner
Submitted by Linda Downes
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
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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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Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
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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.
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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