Things To Do in Mangakino on Rainy Days

Rainy Days in Mangakino

Fishing - Lake Maraetai, its neighbouring hydro lakes and the countless trout fishing streams and rivers are very popular with boaties and fishing enthusiasts. Some of the best fishing can be done in the rain. 

Water Sports - Mangakino has six fresh water lakes in close proximity, including Lake Mangakino, making it a great base for wakeboarding, water-skiing, rowing and powerboating. Lake Whakamaru is home to the Water Ski Club which provides lakefront clubrooms and water ski access. Hey, you’re gonna get wet anyway. 

Wakeboarding in Mangakino


Hiking - Pureora Forest Park's 78,000 hectares 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. 

Maraeroa Cycleway - This cycle trail experience is a world first and a must do mountain bike ride which commences at Pa Harakeke at Pureora. It begins at the carved Pou (markers), travels past the Maori Pa, through Native Bush to Pureora Village, over the Pureora Mountain Trail, descending along the Kokakotaea River, traveling through the old tramway cuttings and over the Timber trails before emerging again at Pa Harakeke. 

Mountain biking the Timber Trail


Mountain Biking - The Waikato River Trails and the mountain bike tracks in the Pureora Forest Park offer great rides no matter what your skill level. Be inspired as you walk or cycle through grassed farmland, open reserves, boardwalks over significant wetlands, and expansive lake and river views. Get more info on mountain biking in Pureora Forest Park from DOC. The free draining pumice soils of the Great Lake Taupo region provide true all weather riding, even in the rain there is very little mud on the track. 

The Timber Trail  - Experience the feeling of being suspended in time, as you begin your ride along the 85km Timber Trail. Boasting some of the highest and longest suspension bridges in New Zealand, the Timber Trail weaves its way through ancient forest, across ancestral lands of local Maori Tribes, and along part of the historic Ongarue Tramway. 

Waihora Lagoon in the Pureora Forest


Pureora Forest Park - Pureora Forest Park straddles the Hauhungaroa and Rangitoto Ranges between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti. It is a hidden wonderland of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife. Pay a visit to "Pouakani" Totara tree, the largest known Totara in New Zealand which is over 1,500 years old and over 40 metres tall. Read more information about the features of the Pureora Forest Park. 

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