What’s so great about Mangakino, what to do and best things to see
Waikato Lake Maraetai is a great place for a day trip from Hamilton
Mangakino is a small town on the banks of the Waikato River in the North Island. It is located close to the hydroelectric power station at Lake Maraetai, 85 km from Hamilton
WHAT TO DO HIGHLIGHTS
Waikato off the beaten track holiday spot surrounded by rolling farmland supporting dairy and sheep farms & the magnificent Lake Maraetai.
- Pureora Forest Park walks
- The Timber Trail shared walk / cycle pathways with its historic bush tramways and swing bridges
- Mangakino is located near the Waikato River Trail, Easily accessed from lakefront or Whakamaru Dam the 12.1 km section has great views along Lake Maraetai. Grade intermediate, short steep areas.
- Lake Maraetai water sports from kayaking, swimming and water kite sailing
- Bus Stop Cafe with its waterfront views
- Mangakino swing bridge is a shared walking / cycling trail of 70m across the Mangakino stream
- Mangakino’s picturesque lakefront is a stunning place for picnicking. It also has its own unique waterfront cafe enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The Bus Stop Cafe is fun, quirky and a very good reason to hang out at a lake without the hard work of preparing snacks. Bus Stop Cafe | Bus Stop Cafe for menu details.There are toilets and picnic tables.
- Golf: There is a 9-hole golf course in Mangakino which runs alongside Lake Maraetai. The course is an easy walking course with stunning lake and forest views. New members and green fee players are always welcome
- Wakeboarding championships held at Lake Maraetai
WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE?
- The lake of course at dawn, dusk and with winter mist rising from the still water
- Mangakino heritage trail
- Mangakino swing bridge
- Willie Apiata VC, who was born there in 1972;
- Mike Rann, Australian Ambassador and former Labor Premier of South Australia
- Hori Ahipene, actor
- Annabel Langbein, celebrity cook and food writer, born there in 1958
- Badly behaved visitors
WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED MANGAKINO?
- Mangakino township, located on the shores of Lake Maraetai, is a town that has survived against the odds. It was originally founded in the 1940’s to house hydroelectric workers. Today the town has reimagined itself, through the tenacity of local residens as a summer holiday destination. Follow the town’s heritage trail plaques dotted around the town centre.
WHAT KEEPS THE PLACE TICKING?
- Agriculture and nearby Hamilton
- In the area check out Mangakino especially during wakeboarding season
Unique journeys, personal adventures.