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Activities In & Around - Mangakino

Activities in and around Managakino include: Boating & Water Sports, Scenic cruises, Wakeboarding, Kayaking, Lakeside Leisure, Camping (free including motorhomes), Trout fishing, Golf, Historic and Cultural attractions, Absailing, Bird watching, Bush walking, Horseback treks, Mountain biking and rock-climbing...


Adventure Experience
Adventure Experience Outdoor Instructors and Adventure Guides, specialising in providing adventure activities and skills training. Adventure trips, mountaineering, bush walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, outdoor education, absailing, kayaking, camping.

Ring to rent kayaks and mountain bikes.

Address: 39 Moana Crescent Mangakino 3421, New Zealand
Phone: 07 882 8136
Mobile: 027 473 7496
Contact: Peter Shelton

Arataki Country Villa Farm
• Horseback treks
• Bushwalks
• Mountain biking
• Fly-fishing
• Bush Safari
• Animals
• Bird watching
• Wood fire heated outdoor baths (at night)

Address: 465 Arataki Road, Route 1 Whakamaru
Email: Enquires@Aratakifarm.com
Phone: 07 882 8857
Mobile: 021 069 5567
Website: www.aratakifarm.com

Awhina Wilderness Experience
Awhina Wilderness Experience is a chance for you to enjoy ‘raw’ New Zealand in untouched, treasured surroundings situated in the centre of the North Island.

The Pouakani people, guardians of the sacred Mountain Titiraupenga, offer unique personally guided tours through the preserved sacred area.

They share our intimate knowledge of the landscape and its cultural and historical significance. Experience New Zealand nature at its most untamed as access to the sacred land is not open to the general public.

The Mt Titiraupenga landscape is home to New Zealand natives up to 1000 years old, such as giant Totara, Rata, Rewarewa and Matai trees, some over 50 metres tall and 4-5 metres wide. Visit the mountain springs and you will be transformed by the birdsong from kereru (our native wood pigeon), fantail, tui, bush robins, kaka, warblers and tomtits.

Address: 81 Bush Road, Whakamaru, South Waikato
Phone: 07 882 8382
Mobile: 027 329 0996
Website: www.awhinatours.co.nz

Castle Rock Adventure
CastleRock, the Waikato’s adventure destination is situated amidst stunning rock formations at Wharepapa South, 25 kilometres south east of Te Awamutu.

It’s central location, one hour from Rotorua, 1hour 15 minutes from Tauranga, Hamilton and Taupo, and 45 minutes from Waitomo make this an attractive location to base your holiday.

World reknown as a rock-climbing area, CastleRock Adventure was developed to provide adventure activities and accommodation for schools and social groups, corporate events and teambuilding.

With core activities of rock-climbing, mountain biking, abseiling and flying fox, CastleRockAdventure specializes in putting together Adventure Packages or School Activity Programmes.

Adventure Packages with options of rock-climbing, abseiling, flying fox and mountain biking are suitable for small groups, youth and social groups and business teambuilding.

Address: 1250 Owairaka Valley Road, RD 7, Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Boating & Water Sports

M-I-A Wakeboarding
For the most exciting water sports in the world; wakeboarding, wake skating, wake surfing, or canoe tours. Whether you are experienced or just wanting to give one of these sports a go.

Phone: 021 864 254
Website: www.m-i-a.co.nz
Contact: Ki Barker

Otunui, The Paddleboat Company
The Otunui is a paddleboat with more than 100 years of history in New Zealand. The Paddleboat Company offers public and chartered tours on Lake Maraetai from the lakefront reserve, Mangakino. Book a cruise today!

Phone: 07 882 8826
Mobile: 027 418 3930
Email: info@paddleboat.co.nz
Website: www.paddleboat.co.nz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/otunui
Contact: Peter Koole, Owner/Operator

Rowing club/camp Address: Mangakino Rowing Camp, 26 A Korari Cresent, Mangakino, New Zealand


New Zealand’s Regional Burning Man Event. Build something. Fly something. Float something. Burn something…bring it to Kiwiburn.

Kiwiburn is a collective experience. Everybody contributes, everybody pays. As there are no paid performers at the event, there are no spectators and what is shared are the passions and dreams of those who gift them. You cannot "attend" Kiwiburn, but you can be a part of it.

There will be no money exchanged for anything at the event.

Due to this collective nature we cannot offer you a program or featured artist list. You can check out the list of registered theme camps and art installations, but as to the true nature of what will be at Kiwiburn, we have no idea—and that's half the beauty.

There will be art installations and people in costume, fire spinners, drummers, dancers, free spirits and healers…but that's just us, and what we are doing…bring your passion and share with us your dreams.


The Big Three Wild Foods Festival

Powerboat Racing

Historic and Cultural

Daphne’s Historical Archive – Turn Back the Pages
A treasure trove of Mangakino district history. Daphne's Historical archive - Turn Back the Pages - is a collection featuring photos, cuttings, newsletters, scrapbooks, newspapers, videos and general memorabilia.

The focus is on Mangakino and the Dam construction, Marotiri, Mokai, Oruanui, Tihoi, Tirohanga, Whakamaru and Taupo. Daphne and Dave Cotton came from the South Isalnd in March 1967 to a Land Development Farm. Daphne has collected books and information ever since.

Turn Back the Pages opened 22 August 2019. It is Daphne's pleasure to share her hobby with others who want to find out about the area, do research or just enjoy and remember.

Opening Hours:
1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the month: 1pm - 5pm
3rd and 4th Sundays of the month: 1pm - 5pm
Public holidays by appointment

Address: 112 Rangatira Drive, Mangakino 3421, New Zealand
Phone: 07 372 8227 or 07 882 8210
Mobile 0276831932

Lakeside Leisure

Mangakino's picturesque lakefront is stunning for a family picnic. It also has its own unique waterfront cafe - enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Free Camping - Mangakino Lakefront Reserve - toilets, power, swim in the lake. Take the boat out, or just relax on the shore and enjoy this ever-popular part of New Zealand.

Fishing Lake Maraetai is a great destination for the 'boys' wanting a few days away fishing. Stay at Lake Maraetai Lodge where there is ample room for boats and trailers, B-B-Q on hand and full kitchen, bathroom & laundry facilities.

Mangakino Golf Club
Play a round of golf, try out the challenging Mangakino course; enjoy the lake views and meet some of the local talent. It is a flat undulating 9 Hole easy 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.

For the men the course is 5600 metres par 72 and for the women 5140 metres par 73. Green fees are $10 for 9 holes or $15 for 18 holes.

Subscriptions are $220 for men or women or $400 for a couple. New members and green fee players are always welcome.

Address: Konini Terrace Mangakino P O Box 42, Mangakino, New Zealand
Phone: 07 882 8075
Email: sportsground.co.nz


Pureora Forest Park
Pureora Forest Park can be explored from multiple entry points along State Highway 45 west of Lake Taupo. It is one of the largest intact tracts of native forest in the North Island and has high conservation value due to the variety of plant life and animal habitats available.

The park offers excellent camping, picnicking, swimming and forest walking. There are more than fifteen Department of Conservation managed walking tracks, ranging from ten minutes to three days in length. A highlight is climbing Mount Pureora (1165 metres).

Tall native trees - such as rimu, totara, matai, miro and kahikatea - are found at lower altitudes along with tawa and tree ferns. As you climb higher, the forest changes and hardy plants like kamahi and Hall's totara are found. Near the summit, sub-alpine herb fields dominate.

A specially built forest tower takes you right up into the forest canopy to listen to the chorus of songs from the many native birds that live here.

The popular Waihora Lagoon Walk takes just 20 minutes. Surrounded by tall rimu and kahikatea trees, the lagoon is one of Pureora Forest Park's most beautiful locations.

Camping facilities and simple clean cabins are available at the Pureora Forest Park Headquarters and Information Centre.

Waikato River Trails and Mangakino Swing Bridge
Discover the beauty of the Waikato Region with its lush green hills, native bush and farmland. Take a journey through the Waikato River Trails and take in interesting rock formations, historical landmarks, native plants, bird and animal life. It is also ideal for the family to spend time together and try their hand at this great past-time.

Waikato River Trails’ vision is to create 100km of walking and cycling tracks along the banks of the Waikato River, providing access for publics to engage with the dramatic and beautiful natural environment of the Waikato region.

The Waikato River trail showcases the area’s native bush, historic landmarks, geological formations and wetlands along the banks of the Waikato River and Waikato Hydro lakes.

Waikato River Trails were recently announced as one of the seven start-up projects for the Governments National Cycleway initiative. Once completed, Waikato River Trails network of tracks will be one of New Zealand’s longest walks.

The trails will potentially join the country’s “great walks” - the Department of Conservation’s list of premier walking tracks. There are currently nine “great walks” in New Zealand, six in the South Island and three in the North Island.

Over 30 kilometres of trails have already been completed and opened to the public. They are proving a popular local attraction, with significant visitor numbers being recorded over the summer months especially.

Website: www.waikatorivertrails.com


• Pureora Forest Park (10 minutes)

• Tongariro National Park (1.5 hours)

• Orakei Korako (45 minutes)

• Huka Falls (30 minutes)

• Rotorua (1 hour)

• Taupo Town (30 minutes)

• Lake Taupo (25 minutes)

• Trout fishing (20 minutes)

• Waitomo (1.5 hours)

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