Mananui Tramline (Mahināpua Walkway)

Track category

Mountain bike - Easy


2 hr - 2 hr 30 min


Eastern end to Picnic Point

Starting from the eastern end the walkway descends from the roadside and joins an old logging tramline; this historic tramline is followed for the rest of the way. The remarkable state of preservation indicates the care taken in the original preparation of the tramline's foundation.

After a flat straight, the tramline climbs gradually around the side of a small hill, and soon the turn-off to Picnic Point is reached. This takes you to a  small pebbly beach at the edge of the lake and takes about 15 minutes from the main track. Picnic Point and return to the carpark is about one hour and is a popular walk for those not wanting to go along the whole walkway.

Picnic Point turnoff to Mananui Bush

Soon after the turnoff to Picnic Point the tramline leaves the scenic reserve and crosses a creek into Mahināpua Forest. Here is good evidence of how the line was built up with metal to cross the swampier sections. A metal pit can be seen to the south of the track just before the scenic reserve is left. Commercial logging of this area was carried out, before the land was used as grazing for a short time, then became an experimental forestry station until it was logged again in the 1970s.

Boardwalk over swamp, Mahināpua Walkway. Photo: John Mazey.
Boardwalk over swamp, Mananui

Tramline (Mahināpua Walkway)

The Walkway continues on and descends around the side of the side of a small hill dropping to lower lying land and crossing two creeks. Elevated board walks are used to cross this swampy area, which floods regularly. After crossing the swamp the tramline turns in a broad sweep to its destination; the site of the Mananui Sawmill that was started in 1885. After leaving the mill the walkway crosses Mahināpua Creek and its swampy margins via a foot bridge and through a privately owned deer farm, before emerging on SH 6 just north of Mananui bush.

Getting there

Access to the Mananaui Tramline (Mahināpua Walkway) is from a signposted carpark approximately 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.


Mountain biking and cycling Mountain biking and cycling

Mountain biking and cycling.

This track can be mountain biked, and it is relatively straightforward. 

Biking the Mahināpua Walkway.
Biking the Mahināpua Walkway

Plan and prepare

Wear comfortable footwear and take wet weather clothes on the Mananui Walkway (Mahināpua Walkway) as West Coast weather can change without warning.

Video of Lake Mahināpua 

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