Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Mananui Tramline

Hokitika, West Coast

Submitted by Katie Smith

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.4%


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This out-and-back run is on easy, mainly flat terrain through bush. It shares the West Coast Wilderness cycleway, so watch out for bikers.

From the information shelter, cross the road and enter the track marked with orange Wilderness Trail signage. This crosses the historic bridge before winding into the native bush. The first 3km is brand new trail through thick overhanging trees. An elevated outlook has great views of the Mahinapua Creek and swamp, to which you descend shortly afterwards. There is an area here of logging relics and some interesting signs about the area's history. Turn left at the junction to head onto boardwalk over the swamp.

From here the track climbs gradually through varying trees - forestry experiments lead to planting of all sorts of species, including a really nice open area of eucalypts. Keep going right to where the old tramway pops out onto a sealed road. This is the turnaround point. On the way back an optional extra is the 1.5km detour marked on the left to "Picnic Point" - this takes you to the edge of Lake Mahinapua for some great views, and is a nice much more technical bit of single track. Continue back the way you came, remembering to turn right up the switchbacks at the logging info site.

Lots of old logging history - this is a historic tramway with plenty of rusting relics and info boards!

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Parking for 8+ cars

5 km

4 minutes





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

Water available from Mahinapua Creek

Generally good track year round

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Trail Reviews

Definitely recommend the side tour to Picnic Point. Beautiful views of the lake!

Joe Benbow

January 25, 2023

a lovely, shady even terrain out and back.

Mike McManaway

January 24, 2023

A really fun run to do. As mentioned, despite the flatness it isn't any less enjoyable - you can stretch out and just enjoy yourself. It passes through some stunning wetland and forest scenery. Several information panels along the way that explain the fascinating history of the area.

Steve Beatson

May 11, 2021

This was a great wee trail to steal away to in the morning before everyone else was up. The variety of native trees was the highlight for me. The birdsong in the morning was also wonderful. A nice, fast track that isn't boring despite it's flatness and straightness. Recommend!

Simeon Whyle

April 12, 2021

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