Maraetai Section

The Maraetai Section of the Waikato River Trail starts in the north at the Mangakino Lakefront, Lake Road.

This section has the villages of Mangakino and Whakamaru at each end and is a perfect day out for all the family. The 70m suspension bridge, 4km from Mangakino, is approximately 12m above the water. If heights are a fear for you or a member of your group please take care.

This lakeside Trail is lots of fun with tracks wiggling through a variety of landscapes. It's an intermediate Trail, with a few small steeper pinches and is a great way to connect with the lake and landscape.

Please click here to view our interactive map for more information on where you can access the Maraetai Section.

Maraetai Section

Mangakino Lakefront to Whakamaru Dam 
Grade  Intermediate
Length  12km
Access  - Via Mangakino Lakefront Reserve, Lake Road
- Via Whakamaru Dam, Whakamaru Road

Please note that the height variance for this section
is between 190m and 226m.

Highlights of the Maraetai Section

  • Vast views up and down Lake Maraetai
  • 70m Mangakino Suspension Bridge
  • The big rock - 4km from Mangakino