Lake Mangamahoe Lower Lakeside Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Lake Mangamahoe Lower Lakeside Trail is a 4.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

4.8 km
91 m

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


The walk may be started at either end of Lake Rd. The lower lakeside route takes you on an ambling walk close to the lake edge. Lakeside vegetation and regenerating pockets of native bush provide a cooling atmosphere and a home to many birds. Keep an eye out for cheeky fantails. Natural features: The predominant tree planted for commercial purposes is the radiata pine. This Californian tree has proved most adaptable to New Zealand conditions and is easy to establish, very fast growing and produces wood suitable for a wide range of uses. Due to its outstanding qualities radiata pine has become the most important commercial species in New Zealand. Along the circuit walk you will meander through a small collection of redwood trees which were planted in 1931. In California, where they originate, they are known as the giants of the forest, reaching heights of up to 11m. Redwoods are known for their longevity. History: In the early 1920s NPDC purchased land for the construction of a dam and a lake. The purpose of the lake was to act as a water catchment area for the expanding city of New Plymouth. In 1931 the lake was created. This was achieved by forming a dam across the valley and submerging 79 acres. The lake was named after the Mangamahoe Stream which flows into the upper reaches of the lake. Water from both the stream and the nearby Waiwhakaiho River feeds the lake through a 548m pipe. In order to protect the steep hillside from eroding, development planting was undertaken and shelterbelts were planted to protect the pine trees growing in what is now the Mangamahoe Forest. The lake itself is also significant to the district in terms of power generation, Trustpower Ltd administers this from the Mangorei Power Station. Public entry to the forest was once restricted. However, with the increasing demand for leisure use within the forest this restriction was lifted in 1990. Since then leisure interest has increased considerably and Lake Mangamahoe and its forest now attracts many individual and organised group activities. Today Lake Mangamahoe is a 262ha commercial production forest administered by us, combined with a scenic park and lake.

23 days ago

Simply outstanding. Nature at its finest. The walking tracks are varied and visually pleasing. The swimming options abundant. Nothing better than experiemcibg nauture oh natural...

23 days ago

Simply outstanding. True beauty and magnificent walking and swimming options.

mountain biking
1 month ago

There are awesome mountain bike trails here.

2 months ago

Amazing views on Mount Taranaki.

7 months ago

Nice walk; not very challenging but nice environment...definitely wouldn't do it in flip flops though unless you want to get your feet ripped up on the gravel and high potential to slide in the muddy sections...we walked it in winter....

8 months ago

Great walk. Great track. Gorgeous views. Very much recommended.

9 months ago

Great track to walk/run. I went to TOPEC and did their rogaine course they set up. No way it should be difficult. Loved it

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

No way this should be difficult. I did it in flip flops after church one morning.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Beautiful track with sporadic scenic views of Mount Taranaki and Lake Manhamahoe. There is a Redwood Forest hiding on this track as well! Nice picnic areas at the beginning and end. I followed upper track and ended up walking the main road at the end.

5 months ago

Tuesday, November 08, 2016