Easily accessed from Mangakino Lakefront or Whakamaru Dam this 12.1 km section has great views along Lake Maraetai. The Trail is moderately technical with some short steep areas and corners to navigate and is graded INTERMEDIATE.
Mangakino lake front
Mangakino lake front

The Dam Cafe at Whakamaru and the Bus Stop and Hui Hut Cafes in Mangakino provide excellent re-fuelling stops. In the middle of this section is the 70m long Mangakino stream suspension bridge.
Mangakino stream suspension bridge
Mangakino stream suspension bridge

This section is also the area where the Waikato River Trails Trust has recently planted several thousand native trees along the edge of the Lake.

Trail Grade Info

The Maraetai section has been graded as 3 (Intermediate):

Grade 3 (Intermediate) - Off road trails can be narrow and may include hill climbs, steep drop offs and small river crossings. The trail surface is mostly firm, but may include muddy or loose sections. There may be obstacles to avoid.
 

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