Waipapa Section -

26/06/2022 - SECTION CLOSED

Part of the Waipapa section of trail (from the Maraetai Dam entrance road to Waipapa Dam) is CLOSED from Tuesday April 26th for logging operations.

There will be strictly no access, signage will be in place at either end of this section, as well as at Atiamuri, Mangakino Lakefront, Arapuni Dam and the Pokaiwhenua Carpark. 

An on road detour along Waipapa Road will be in place.
The logging operations are expected to take several weeks so please ensure you keep up to date by checking in on our facebook page.

You can still access the new offroad section part of the trail up from the Mangakino Lakefront on Lake Road to the Maraetai Dam Access Road as a return trip.

Accessed from Mangakino Lakefront or the Waipapa Dam this 19.6km 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 500m on road section from Mangakino Lakefront along Lake 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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