About Mangakino

Located in the heart of the North Island in the Great Lake Taupo region, Mangakino borders the western shores of Lake Maraetai on the Waikato River. The stunning scenery includes lakes, hydro dams, trails, forests, hidden valleys, trout streams and farmland.

Mangakino is the ultimate all-round holiday destination and suits both those who seek relaxation or thrill seekers looking for adventure.

On offer are outdoor pursuits and water activities such as boating and fishing as well as hiking, biking and camping. Families and travellers, tourists and backpackers will find plenty to see and do in Mangakino. If you get tuckered out after a long day or have forgotten to pack the essentials, there’s plenty of food and drinks on offer at the local cafes and eateries.

Mangakino and Whakamaru offer dramatic scenery as a result of the amazing hydro dams in the area. The lakes are popular for a range of watersports including jet boating, wakeboarding and waterskiing as well as other water activities such as kayaking and swimming. Popular events like the Powerboat Championships, Waka Ama, raft races, rowing and fly fishing competitions are aplenty.

Rods and reels are sure to be seen around Arapuni, Maraetai and Whakamaru Lakes as they are home to plenty of Brown and Rainbow Trout. So dust off the fishing rod and go in for the tackle.

Lake Maraetai

The Waikato River Trails are perfect for mountain biking and tramping enthusiasts or for those seeking a more leisurely stroll through beautiful native bush along New Zealand's longest river – the mighty Waikato. Take a stroll and catch a glimpse of a cheeky Fantail or a honey-eating Tui.

The 100km trail starts at Atiamuri in the South and follows the Waikato River downstream finishing at the Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark (along Horahora Road) in the north. Check out native bush, exotic forest, historic landmarks, interesting rock formations and geological delights. 

Pureora Forest Park is located close by and boasts many features including a number of impressive bush walks. Find the absolute centre of the North Island and visit New Zealand’s largest Totara Tree.

Campers will be happy to know that there is free lakeside camping at the Mangakino Recreation Reserve, located in Mangakino town on the right of Lake Road and down to the edge of Lake Maraetai. The designated camping area is located between the Pouakani Marae and ‘Bowling Club’. Entrance to this area is off Moana Crescent.

There is very limited camping space close to the toilet block at the lake front, where power outlets are available for $5/night (paid to The Bus Stop Café). Campers may stay a maximum of two nights, or one night between Christmas Day and the 10th of January. 

Mangakino (also known as Mango by locals) is a great holiday base, as nearby holiday attractions in TaupoTurangi and Tongariro and Tongariro National Park are less than an hour away.

For community information, please visit Mangakino's community website. 

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