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Level: Beginner
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +222/215 ft
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Waikato River Trails: 4 Maraetai

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#379 of 415 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#8951 in the world

If you're heading south you'll start at the gorgeous Mangakino lake front. The trail is easy and undulating as it ambles along the lake side and then crosses the 70 metre long swing bridge across the Mangakino Stream. There are beautiful views of the lake much of the way and after just 12km you'll cross the impressive Whakamaru dam.

This is the only section of the Waikato River Trails with villages at both ends so coffee addicts are in luck! Watch out for Whakamaru village before you cross the dam as it's just down the road and not on the trail.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • Restrooms
Getting there
Normally you'll reach this section of the Waikato River Trails by bike, either from the Waipapa section if you're heading south or from the Whakamaru section if you're heading north. Both ends can be reached by car either at Mangakino or at Whakamaru Dam.
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  • Jim Cummings

    Another great ride along the lakes of the Waikato River. Mangakino is the biggest village along the Waikato River Trails and the lake there is really stunning.

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