Lake Mangamahoe walk offers changing scenery
little swing bridge that leads into a bush area. The track is narrow and steep as it climbs uphill, it is stony and very root bound in parts and you need to be sure footed.
Once you reach the top and into the open area where pine trees have been felled you will be rewarded with a magnificent view over the farmland and the lake and if it is not hiding under a cloudy sky, Mt Taranaki. There is an old wooden seat for those that need it and to enjoy the view.
As you continue keep an eye on the signposts as it can be a bit confusing in places. There is another small swing bridge along the way.
If you wish to divert onto the track that takes you to the stand of Redwood trees you need to reverse back onto the main track to continue the walk.
Further on there is a sign informing you of the diversion onto the lower or upper track. It actually goes around in a loop and from the lower track you can see the lake and some of the wildlife.
Back on the main upper track you will enjoy a walk through the lovely grassy area eventually end up crossing a bridge, then veering left along a gravel path where you will pass over the dam which turns the lake into a water catchment area and several warning signs to keep on the path.
Further along you can divert to another signed lookout. Keep to the sign posts which will take you to the far car park at the end of the road where you can walk around the lake back to your car. If of course you start your walk at the water catchment end you will reverse the walk back to the first car park and then around the road back to the end parking area. Which ever end you choose to start your walk is your choice.
There is one toilet which is situated on the left of the road near the first car park off the SH3 entrance.
Lake Mangamahoe has a large bridle path area for horses at the entrance on the left of the road on the way to the end parking area. There are usually horse floats and activity there which can be seen from the road where you can also walk the tracks some of which are steep, there is also a separate large area for mountain biking to the right of the walk around the lake. The entrance is further south along SH3.
This walk I would class as medium, you need a certain amount of fitness, adequate footwear and a love for nature.
Above: Mt Egmont for Lake Mangamahoe. Middle left: Warning sign by the dam area. Below right: Information map of the area.
Opposite page above left: On the Lower loop down to the lake. Above right: Leading to end car park area. Below right: Walking through a grassy area.