Local Attractions & Activities in Lake Maraetai & Mangakino

Mangakino – One small Dam town with BIG Adventures to be had!

The below activities are by no means an exhaustive list, just a taste of what Lake Maraetai and the surrounding areas have to offer. For help choosing the activities best for you, give us a call and find your adventurous spirit.

Waikato River Trails

The Waikato River Trails offer a multi-purpose walking and cycling experience through varied environments where around every corner is a new vista. Towering dams, suspension bridges and long wandering boardwalks make memorable destinations in their own right. We have maps of the trails here at the lodge and can help you with drop offs and picks ups so choose the trail that best suits your level of fitness and sense of adventure and go for it! The Waikato River Trail is one of the 18 Great Rides of New Zealand. See also The Bike Ride Advisor.

Mangakino Shuttle Service

Located in the middle of the Waikato River Tral,and operates a drop off and pick-up service anywhere along the River Trail.

Contact Peter to book 0274 737 496


Blue Tui Shuttles

A shuttle service supporting the following cycle trails, Waikato River Trails, the Pureora Timber Trail and the Hauraki Rail Trail. Blue Tui Shuttles offers a comfortable 10 seater van and a professionally built cycle trailer that can carry up to 12 bikes – 26” and 29” tyres. Why not base your self at Lake Maraetai Lodge and use Blue Tui Shuttle to shuttle you around, it is not just for cyclists, trampers can use the service a well!

Bus Stop Cafe

The best place to go to in Mangakino for great coffee, hot chocolate and pizza (just a few things they offer) is the Bus Stop Cafe! A unique converted 1972 Bedford bus situated right on the lake front is something you do not find everywhere in New Zealand. With a vast reputation being featured in TV shows, North and South magazine, Lonely Planet and included in the AA’s list of “101 Great Days Out in NZ”, how can you not pop down to the Bus Stop Cafe for lunch???

M-I-A Wakeboarding & Watersports

M-I-A Wakeboarding offers coaching & lessons for beginners to professionals in wakeboarding, wakeskaters, wakesurfers & air chair riders on Lake Maraetai, Mangakino – the flattest water in NZ!!
M-I-A is the official New Zealand dealer for Centurion Boats, world class towboats and Headzone radio controlled coaching Helmets plus supplies equipment and gear for all makes of towboats as well as an on site pro shop for all wakeboarding, wakeskating & surfing equipment – everything you need to enjoy these addictive watersports!

Mangakino Moto X Park

If you own a motocross bike and are looking for a place to ‘rip it up’, try the Mangakino Moto-X Park. The park is a big hit with locals and out-of-town rider, particulary for its all -weather appeal. More information here.
The motocross park is on a portion of the Whakamaru Domain, where free camping and lake access is available.

Mangakino Golf Course

Grab some clubs and get golfing on this flat, undulating, easy 9 hole walking course with picturesque views of Lake Maraetai and the surrounding forests. Although classed as a 9 hole course, there is a separate 9th and 18th green with the other greens played twice to make up the 18 holes.
New members and green fee players at Mangakino Golf Course are always welcome.

Lake District Adventures

Lake District Adventures offer you the options to walk, ride or paddle the trails. They are based at the southern end of Lake Karapiro and offer tours and shuttle services as well as equipment hire for the lakes and trails of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
Walk, Ride or Paddle the trails.

Timber Trail

The Timber Trail is nestled in Pureora Forest, between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti, in the Central North Island. Begin your journey at Pureora Village in the north, ending at Ongarue in the south. Experience the full grandeur of the forest, open to cyclists and walkers alike. Whether a day out with the family, a group ride (or walk) with like-minded people, or maybe even a team building experience, The Timber Trail offers something for everyone.

Pureora Forest Bushwalking & Birdwatching

Boasting some of New Zealand’s lushest bush, pristine walking tracks, and a vairety of native birds, Pureroa Forest is the perfect place to explore New Zealand in its purest form. 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.

Pa Harakeke Eco-Cultural Centre

Located in the foothills of the majestic Pureora Mountain you will find Pa Harakeke – Wilderness Adventure Park.
Enjoy authentic eco-cultural tours, stunning walks, a gift shop and exhibition suite, the Maraeroa cycleway, mountain bike hire, campervan park, unique chalet accommodation and of course friendly people to ensure you have an amazing experience during your visit to Pureora.

Taupo District Events & Activities

For more information on what is happening in our region, ensure you go to www.greatlaketaupo.com and read up about all the events scheduled for the ensuing 12 months.

Tread Routes

Tread Routes provides guided cycle trail and mountain biking trips across the North Island. Partnering with the NZ Cycle Trail they provide fully supported all-inclusive package trips that encourage an ‘at your own pace’ riding style along with accommodation in lodges along the trail, or a fully catered camping.