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Tracks & Walks







Main Information Area


Located adjacent to the cafe, a information centre with three toilets, one of which is wheelchair accessible and baby changing area.  

Bottom Flat


Bottom Flat is a popular picnic destination, with a BBQ, water and a picnic table provided. A great area to take the family, kick a ball around, feed the ducks and explore the stream and bridge around the edge. This area is also where kayakers and lake users launch their craft from. This area is also used for events, such as small to medium concerts.


Cherry Bay


One of the most popular spots, Cherry Bay is an easy walk from the main access road. Most commonly photographed in Spring and Autumn the area provides excellent access to a grove of Cherry trees, a bridge extends across the water, providing access to another key picnic area. This area is a popular for wedding ceremonies and family functions.  No camping is allowed at Cherry Bay.

Cherry Bay

 Waterfall Track





A popular walk, the waterfall track extends along both sides of a small stream from the main access road. Walkers can enjoy the scenic bush and glowworms, before reaching the waterfall lookout. 

Waterfall Track is a short loop walk to a small waterfall and platform. It has a great native bush and stream landscape, and at night there is a nice display of glow-worms.
Glow worms can be found along the Waterfall track and up the top of the lake, along the lake edge (accessed by canoe/kayak).

The Falls

Time to Walk 20 minutes to walk  
Grade  It is wheelchair accessible on the left side to the falls.  The right side is more of a bush track with steps, roots and mud. 

Lakeside Track

Description The track starts at the front gate of the park and follows the lake edge to the top of the lake. There are a few places where you have to walk on the road until it meets up with the track again.  By 2014 the track should be barrier free.
Distance 2037 metres
Time to Walk  45 minutes to walk. 
Grade Easy to Average - It is mainly flat, but there are steps and a few steep bits.

Ponga Track

Description This is mainly a link track from Pine Tree Knoll to a lookout seat.  This track winds around through a stand of pongas and has a few view shafts across the park, it has no steps and is a good walk for adults and children. 
Distance 390 metres
Time to Walk 7 minutes to walk
Grade It has no steps and is an easy walk.

Rotary Grove and Pine Tree Knoll Track


Rotary Grove was established by the Tauranga Rotary Club and provides a formal pergola and viewing platform. Access to the area can be by car, with the viewing platform only a short walk from the car.

Pine Tree Knoll track starts at the road by the top flat and winds up to a lookout platform and has a great view back towards Rotary Grove and Lake McLaren. A good walk for most people but there is a section with steps. This track also links to the Ponga Track.

rotary Grove
Distance 412 metres  
Time to Walk 8 minutes  
Grade Average with steps  

Rimu Totara Track

Description The track starts from the road at the intersection of lower Mangapapa sub station road and the road up to the back gate. The track follows a small stream through the bush then climbs up a step stairway to a loop track at the top.  You can return by one of two ways. One is down a side track to Lake Mangapapa.  Half way down there are two really large rimu trees and a picnic table, you then follow the road back to the beginning. The second way is just follow the road back to the beginning.
Distance 979 metres
Time to Walk 23 minutes
Grade Average

Last Reviewed: 17/02/2017