Mahinapua short walks

Walking Trail

10 mins - 30 mins, easy difficulty

About the trail
The walk can be done in either direction. These short walks pass through dense bush to reach Lake Mahinapua - with a picnic area/campsite at one end, these walks are great for kids.

Dog friendly: No

Jum Michel Track

  • Time: 20 min one way

This easy flat walk starts from the Lake Mahinapua access road 10 km south of Hokitika, it passes through the dense bush of Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve to come out by the camping and recreation area next to the lake. Both ends of the track are signposted.

Bellbird Walk

  • Time: 10 min loop

This walk starts at the southern end of the camping area. It circles an old gold dredge pond.

Swimmers Beach Walk

  • Time: 30 min one way

To get to Swimmers Beach, from the northern end of the car park at the camping area, follow the sign posted gravel road through native bush and down to the lake shore.

Mananui Bush

  • Time: 20 min return

This walk is located 9 km south of Hokitika on the sea side of SH6, it is well signposted. Leading to the sea, this walk passes through a coastal forest remnant and comes out through flax behind the first dune. You return via the same track.

Getting there

10 km south of Hokitika on SH6 turn left onto the Lake Mahinapua access road opposite the Lake Mahinapua Hotel, continue for about 300 m along this gravel road which opens out to the recreation area.

Access to the Mananui Tramline (Mahinapua Walkway) is from a signposted carpark approximately 8 km south of Hokitika on SH6 or from a carpark 14 km south of Hokitika on the eastern side of Lake Mahinapua on the Ross-Rimu road from Hokitika. The walk can be done from either direction.

Source: Department of Conservation

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