Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Mahinapua Walkway

Hokitika, West Coast

Submitted by Nicky Armstrong

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.0%


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This trail follows the historic Mahinapua logging tramline through regenerating native bush and a section of eucalyptus plantation, remnant of a forestry experiment. A flax swamp near the start also provides the opportunity to spot one of the Coast's special locals - the kotuku or white heron. Department of Conservation signage along the walkway details the history of the tramway and logging in the area.

Logging tramline, sawmill relics, wetland.

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There is a well-formed, safe DOC car park at the start of the trail. No public transport but plenty of traffic would make hitch-hiking an easy option.

7 km

6 minutes




Very patchy.

Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone

Best to take your own.

None but the track is popular with locals and families on bikes so expect it to be busier during the weekend.

Ramble and Ritual
51 Sewell Street, Hokitika
The friendly ladies here do great coffee and have the best cheese scones in town.

Regent Theatre
23 Weld Street, Hokitika
The cafe at the theater serves amazing home-made pies, big enough to satisfy even the hungriest trail runner.

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Trail Reviews

If you are wanting some hills, this isn't the run for you on this occasion. But if you want to push your stride out on some amazing wetland trail that follows the old Mananui Tramline, the this is for you. Recommend parking at Western end and running to end of trail and back.

Geoffrey Smith

April 3, 2021

Decided to do this in reverse and ended up missing the turn to the carpark to meet my pick up. I followed the handy Wilderness Trail KM markers but failed to realise that a sign pointing to 'Viewing Point' was my exit track. I thought it was a dead end viewing point and since it was hosing down I decided to give it a miss - big mistake. 1.5km further down the Wilderness Track I discovered my error on my iphone maps but the iphone is now recovering from excess rain water in the hot water cylinder cupboard. Hence, no photos yet. Fingers crossed the iphone feels better tomorrow.

John OConnell

December 23, 2020

A great run to do if you have a slow biker that wishes to join you. You could do this in your road shoes if you wanted to tho if you want to take the wee detour to the picnic spot by the lake be prepared for muddy feet! A great return to running after an injury hiatus.

Rebecca Sunderland

September 11, 2020

Did it as an out an back, with a few extras. Well worth it.

Tony Sharpe

May 31, 2020

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