Accessed from Mangakino Lakefront or the Waipapa Dam this 19km section is for those looking for a little adventure. Once into this section there are no alternative routes off the trail so plan for a good 2-3 hour ride. The trail combines high quality custom built trails through native bush with long flowing forestry trails. There are some steep areas giving this section its advanced grading. At the Mangakino end of this section near the Maraetai Dams are historic sites where the construction of the Dams were based. Information panels are situated in the area to tell some of the stories. There is a short 3.5km section from Mangakino on the road, please watch out for vehicles. The Waipapa section is more remote than other sections but should not be missed.
Waipapa Dam - Riding across Waipapa Dam with Lake Waipapa in the background.
Waipapa Dam

Riding across Waipapa Dam with Lake Waipapa in the background.

Trail Grade Info

The Waipapa section has been graded as 4 (Advanced):

Grade 4 (Advanced) - Off road trails are narrow with steep climbs and unavoidable obstacles. Poor traction in places. Walking may be required. On-road trails have moderate vehicular traffic.
 

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