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Although a bit of a drive to get here, there are numerous walks available. The Mangakara Nature Walk is an easy circular walk on downward well formed path (no roots to trip over) thru beautiful NZ forest culminating in a lovely stream that you can...More
A easy short bush walk with a lot of good examples of NZ bush. There is good signage, but if you down load the DOC info sheet you can preview your trip. Tracks are well looked after and easy to follow. Not wheel chair friendly,...More
When I visited Mangakara, the weather was doing its best to be wet and grey. There was a great deal of mist on the mountain which made for a quiet, subdued trek through the forest. It gave everything a kind of magical air (rather than...More
We first visited Mangakara shortly after arriving from the UK and from the start found it to be a wonderful example of New Zealand forests. The thing about New Zealand flora and fauna is that at first it looks familiar but then you realise it...More
Great little loop walk on Mt Pirongia, took our kids. Easy track with informative signs along they way. Massive 50m+ Kahikatea tree, Rimu and other large trees to be seen. There is a shelter at the start of the track, information about Pirongia and all...More