Mahināpua short walks

Track category

Short walk


Jum Michel Track

Time: 20 min one way

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

Bellbird Walk

Time: 10 min loop

This walk starts at the southern end of the camping area. The walk is very pretty and circles an old gold dredge pond coming out very close to the entrance.

Swimmers Beach Walk

Time: 30 min one way

This track starts from the northern end of the Carpark at Shanghai Bay, travels along a 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 SH 6, 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 way.

Getting there

Lake Mahināpua. Photo: DOC.
Lake Mahināpua

10 km south of Hokitika on State Highway 6 turn left onto the Lake Mahināpua access road opposite the Lake Mahināpua Hotel, continue 299 metres along this gravel road which opens out to the recreation area.

Access to the Mananui Tramline (Mahināpua Walkway) is from a signposted carpark approx. 8 km south of Hokitika on State Highway 6 or from a carpark 14 km south of Hokitika on the eastern side of lake Mahināpua on the Ross-Rimu road from Hokitika. The walk can be done from either direction.


Swimming Swimming


Head to swimmers beach or go straight to the jetty by the yacht club. The water in Lake Mahinapua is much warmer than other swimming spots around Hokitika.

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Video of Lake Mahināpua 


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