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Level: Beginner
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +222/ -215 ft
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking Waikato River Trails: 4 Maraetai

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#179 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#9,001 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.

First added by PJAmore on Feb 24, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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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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