Activities

Lakeside Leisure & Outdoors

Mountain Biking •

The Waikato River Trails will cover 100 km once completed giving mountain bikers plenty of tracks to choose from or try the purpose cut bike tracks around the Lake Taupo region.

Mangakino/Whakamaru Cycle & Walking Trails and Mangakino Swing Bridge •

Walkers and mountain bikers can explore a series of free riverside trails. The winding tracks encompass the magic and beauty of native bush, exotic forest, historic landmarks, rock formations, farms, wetlands and of course extensive lake and river views.

Discover Mangakino's beauty with its native bush and farmland. Spend family time together and or just go out for a group bike ride.

The 100 km of cycling and walking tracks along the banks of the Waikato River provides access for visitors to engage with the dramatic and beautiful natural environment of the Waikato region.

The popular attraction showcases the area’s wetlands along the banks of the Waikato River and Waikato Hydro lakes. Journey along the Waikato River and take in interesting geological rock formations, historical landmarks, native plants, bird and animal life.

This trail is one of the seven start-up projects for the Governments National Cycleway initiative and is part of the network of tracks of New Zealand’s longest walks. It will potentially join the country’s list of “great walks.” There are nine “great walks” in New Zealand, six in the South Island and three in the North Island.

Hiking •

Mangakino/Whakamaru Cycle & Walking Trails will cover 100 km once completed. The Pureora Forest Park's 78,000 hectares is also available and hides numerous impressive bush walks beneath towering Totara, Rimu and Matai. Somewhere amid the native bush is a plaque marking the centre of the North Island and New Zealand's largest Totara tree. Guided forest tours are available and are an entertaining and informative blend of ecology and Maori culture.

Pureora Forest Park •

Pureora Forest Park can be explored from multiple entry points along State Highway 45 west of Lake Taupo. It is one of the largest intact tracts of native forest in the North Island and has high conservation value due to the variety of plant life and animal habitats available. The park offers excellent camping, picnicking, swimming and forest walking. There are more than fifteen Department of Conservation managed walking tracks, ranging from ten minutes to three days in length. A highlight is climbing Mount Pureora (1165 metres). Tall native trees - such as Rimu, Totara, Matai, Miro and Kahikatea - are found at lower altitudes along with Tawa and tree ferns. As you climb higher, the forest changes and hardy plants like Kamahi and Hall's Totara are found. Near the summit, sub-alpine herb fields dominate. A specially built forest tower takes you right up into the forest canopy to listen to the chorus of songs from the many native birds that live here. The popular Waihora Lagoon Walk takes just 20 minutes. Surrounded by tall Rimu and Kahikatea trees, the lagoon is one of Pureora Forest Park's most beautiful locations. Camping facilities and simple clean cabins are available at the Pureora Forest Park Headquarters and Information Centre.

Mangakino Golf Club •

Play a round of golf, try out the challenging Mangakino course; enjoy the lake views and meet some of the local talent. It is a flat undulating 10 hole easy walking course with picturesque views of Lake Maraetai and the surrounding forests. Although classed as a 9 hole course, there is a separate 9th and 18th green with the other greens played twice to make up the 18 holes. For the men the course is 5600 metres par 72 and for the women 5140 metres par 73. Green fees are $10 for 9 holes or $15 for 18 holes. Subscriptions are $220 for men or women or $400 for a couple. New members and green fee players are always welcome.

Address: Konini Terrace Mangakino P O Box 42, Mangakino, New Zealand
Phone: 07 882 8075
Email: sportsground.co.nz

Bird Watching •

Bird watching is quite popular with fantails and other local birds.

Lakeside Leisure •

Mangakino's picturesque lakefront is stunning for a family picnic. It also has its own unique waterfront cafe enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Free Camping - Mangakino Lakefront Reserve - toilets, power, swim in the lake. Take the boat out, or just relax on the shore and enjoy this ever-popular part of New Zealand.

Fishing Lake Maraetai is a great destination for the 'boys' wanting a few days away fishing. Stay at Lake Maraetai Lodge where there is ample room for boats and trailers, BBQ on hand and full kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities.

Historic & Cultural

Daphne’s Historical Archive – Turn Back the Pages •

A treasure trove of Mangakino District history. Daphne's Historical archive - Turn Back the Pages - is a collection featuring photos, cuttings, newsletters, scrapbooks, newspapers, videos and general memorabilia. The focus is on Mangakino and the Dam construction, Marotiri, Mokai, Oruanui, Tihoi, Tirohanga, Whakamaru and Taupo. Daphne and Dave Cotton came from the South Island in March 1967 to a Land Development Farm. Daphne has collected books and information ever since. Turn Back the Pages opened on 22 August 2001. It is Daphne's pleasure to share her hobby with others who want to find out about the area, do research or just enjoy and remember.

Opening Hours:
1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the month: 1pm - 5pm
3rd and 4th Sundays of the month: 1pm - 5pm
Public holidays by appointment

Address: 112 Rangatira Drive, Mangakino 3421, New Zealand
Phone: 07 372 8227 or 07 882 8210
Mobile 027 683 1932

Cycle & Walking Trails

Mangakino/Whakamaru Cycle & Walking Trails and Mangakino Swing Bridge •

Walkers and mountain bikers can explore a series of free riverside trails. The winding tracks encompass the magic and beauty of native bush, exotic forest, historic landmarks, rock formations, farms, wetlands and of course extensive lake and river views.

Discover Mangakino's beauty with its native bush and farmland. Spend family time together and or just go out for a group bike ride.

The 100 km of cycling and walking tracks along the banks of the Waikato River provides access for visitors to engage with the dramatic and beautiful natural environment of the Waikato region.

The popular attraction showcases the area’s wetlands along the banks of the Waikato River and Waikato Hydro lakes. Journey along the Waikato River and take in interesting geological rock formations, historical landmarks, native plants, bird and animal life.

This trail is one of the seven start-up projects for the Governments National Cycleway initiative and is part of the network of tracks of New Zealand’s longest walks. It will potentially join the country’s list of “great walks.” There are nine “great walks” in New Zealand, six in the South Island and three in the North Island.

Boating & Water Sports

Wakeboarding •

Join M-I-A Wakeboarding for the most exciting water sports in the world; wakeboarding, wake skating, wake surfing, or canoe tours. Whether you are experienced or just wanting to give one of these sports a go.

Phone: 021 864 254
Website: www.m-i-a.co.nz
Contact: Ki Barker

Trout Fishing •

Lake Maraetai, its neighbouring hydro lakes and the countless trout streams and rivers are very popular with boaties and fishing enthusiasts.  The local brown and rainbow trout are numerous.

Rowing Club/Camp •

Address: Mangakino Rowing Camp, 26 A Korari Cresent, Mangakino, New Zealand

Kayaking •

The areas numerous lakes are small, sheltered and perfect for kayakers.  Paddling across a mirror flat lake surrounded by forest and farmland refreshes both body and mind.  Kayaks are often available for hire from Mangakino's lakefront reserve during summer.

Boating & Water Sports •

Mangakino has six fresh water lakes in close proximity making it a great base for wake boarding, skiing and rowing.  Lake Maraetai has been used for the National Wake Skate and North Island Wake Boarding championships.

Adventure

CastleRock Adventure •

CastleRock, the Waikato’s adventure destination is situated amidst stunning rock formations at Wharepapa South, 25 km south east of Te Awamutu. Its central location, one hour from Rotorua, 1 hour 15 minutes from Tauranga, Hamilton and Taupo, and 45 minutes from Waitomo make this an attractive location to base your holiday. World renowned as a rock-climbing area, CastleRock Adventure was developed to provide adventure activities and accommodation for schools and social groups, corporate events and team building. With core activities of rock climbing, mountain biking, abseiling and flying fox, CastleRock Adventure specialises in putting together adventure packages or school activity programmes. Adventure packages with options of rock climbing, abseiling, flying fox and mountain biking are suitable for small groups, youth and social groups and business team building.

Address: 1250 Owairaka Valley Road, RD 7, Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Awhina Wilderness Experience •

Awhina Wilderness Experience is a chance for you to enjoy ‘raw’ New Zealand in untouched, treasured surroundings situated in the centre of the North Island. The Pouakani people, guardians of the sacred Mountain Titiraupenga, offer unique personally guided tours through the preserved sacred area. They share our intimate knowledge of the landscape and its cultural and historical significance. Experience New Zealand nature at its most untamed as access to the sacred land is not open to the general public. The Mt Titiraupenga landscape is home to New Zealand natives up to 1000 years old, such as giant Totara, Rata, Rewarewa and Matai trees, some over 50 metres tall and 4-5 metres wide. Visit the mountain springs and you will be transformed by the birdsong from Kereru (our native wood pigeon), Fantail, Tui, Bush Robins, Kaka, Warblers and Tomtits.

Address: 81 Bush Road, Whakamaru, South Waikato
Phone: 07 882 8382
Mobile: 027 329 0996
Website: www.awhinatours.co.nz

Arataki Country Villa Farm •

Horseback treks • Bushwalks • Mountain biking • Fly-fishing • Bush Safari • Animals • Bird watching • Wood fire heated outdoor baths (at night)

Address: 465 Arataki Road, Route 1 Whakamaru
Phone: 07 882 8857
Mobile: 021 069 5567
Email: enquires@aratakifarm.com
Website: www.aratakifarm.com

Adventure Experience •

Outdoor Instructors and Adventure Guides, specialising in providing adventure activities and skills training. Adventure trips, mountaineering, bush walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, outdoor education, absailing, kayaking, camping. Ring to rent kayaks and mountain bikes.

Address: 39 Moana Crescent Mangakino 3421, New Zealand
Phone: 07 882 8136
Mobile: 027 473 7496
Contact: Peter Shelton