Mangamate Waterfall


Mangamate Waterfall

Accompanied by a popular swimming hole and a campsite, Mangamate Waterfall is a stunning falls found near the entrance of Whirinaki Forest.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 37.250' E 176° 43.922'
Parking: Minginui Rd, Whirinaki Forest
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:500m of Gravel Road Return track duration: 5min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 6m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Mangamate Waterfall is roughly a 1hr 20minutes' drive away from Rotorua. The road surface is gravel for the last 500m.

From Rotorua head south-east on the SH-5 until an intersection with SH-38, then turn left onto SH-38 and stay on it for the next 55.7km. Turn right onto Minginui Rd, which is a sealed road. Follow this road for 7 kilometers until you reach a turn-off leading to a campsite, turn right onto a side gravel road and follow it until you reach a big car park and the camping (roughly 500m). There are picnic tables, a shelter, a campsite and a long-drop toilet there. 

The waterfall is seen from a car park/campsite, but, of course, it is better to walk for 1-2minutes to get a better view. Closer approach is possible.

It is a great spot for a summer picnic, or camping. Kinds would enjoy kayaking on the river and swimming in a relatively deep and big swimming hole.


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The Whirinaki - majestic, primeval, ancient - stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the great forests of the world.

Be awestruck, walk in gentle silence or ride through the mists of this primordial place.

Feel the breath of life, the song of Tāne, transcend time, walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, in the shadow of giants, be welcomed and embraced by the Whirinaki.


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