Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Maraetai & Mangakino

Mangakino, Waikato

Submitted by Linda Downes

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 14 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush



Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.4%


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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

Lake Views

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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





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

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

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Lynette McGaughran

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Trail Reviews

Very scenic and an easy run without too many steep bits. Lots of bush for shade with only a small open section that could get a bit hot. A great early morning run while the lake is glassy and smooth

Sharelle Blundell

December 31, 2021

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