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A glassy lake, streams full of trout, vast native forests, rolling farmland and country villages - these are what make Mangakino special. Tranquil Mangakino, beside beautiful Lake Maraetai, is a friendly community where people come for everything from wakeboarding to relaxation. Located in the heart of the North Island in the Taupo Distrct, Mangakino borders the western shores of Lake Maraetai on the Waikato River. Surrounded by water, forest and farmland, Mangakino is a great place for both peace and tranquillity and adventure.

The Crown acquired the Wairarapa Lakes from Ngati Kahungunu in 1896, and for this they were later given land that is now present-day Mangakino in 1915. At that time it was native bush, pumice, barren, unoccupied and unfarmed.

A settlement originally of workers

After the Karapiro Dam was finished, workers moved on to the next dam construction site, which was near Mangakino. The Crown, under the Public Works Act, reqacuired an area at Mangakino to build a hydroelectric station and temporary township to house the construction workers. It was only meant to be a temporary town under the planned dams were completed. Work on the damns continued through to the 1960s, with villages at Whakamaru, Waipapa, Maraetai and Atiamuri also popping up to house the associated workforce. Waipapa and Maraetai have since been disbanded.

Mangakino's population decreased after the completion of the dams, and is now home to about 900.

Bring your fishing rod and mountain bike

The town and greater area have the facilities and space for biking, boating, kayaking, wakeboarding, fishing and hiking. The Waikato River Trails are perfect for mountain biking and tramping enthusiasts or for those seeking a leisurely stroll through beautiful native bush.

Mangakino has a beautifully scenic lake, a result of the hydro dams which themselves are spectacular structures to see.

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Taupo District Council Telephone: 07 376 0899

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Ohakune Old Coach Road

Trail type: Walking, Cycling
Direction: One way
Cycling Duration: hrs
Walking Duration: hrs
Distance: 15
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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Taumaranui to Mountain to Sea Connection

Trail type: Cycling
Direction: One way
Cycling Duration: hrs
Distance: 45
Gradiant: Unknown
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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