Mangatainoka Hot Springs & Campsite

Point of Interest

5 from 3 users.


Mohaka River, Kaweka Forest Park, North Island.

(06) 834 3111


Walk to Te Puia Hut for an easy overnight tramp, or continue on to hot springs surrounded by bush and with river views. Makahu Road End (The Gums) to Te Puia Hut (Lodge) - Time: 2-3 hr From the end of Makahu Road a track leads up the true right of the Mohaka River to Te Puia Hut. 24 bunk hut, with fireplace, and indoor water. Te Puia Hut (Lodge) to Mangatainoka Hot Springs - Time: 45 min (an actual 40-45mins, not it's not 20-30mins) From Te Puia Hut the track continues up river, past the turnoff to Makino Hut, and crosses a bridge over the Makino River just above its confluence with the Mohaka River. The track then continues alongside the Mohaka, through native bush with some rolling terrain. Steep drop-offs in some sections lend nice views of the surrounding foothills. There is a final steep descent to reach the hot springs. At the Mangatinoka hot springs, on a small manuka terrace beside the Mohaka River, there are three deep fibreglass baths surrounded by a decking area. The Mangatainoka Hot Springs Campsite area is adjacent to the pools. If you wish to travel up the river from the hot springs, be aware this is private land and prior permission from the landowner is required. Mahaku Road may be closed in times of heavy rainfall check with Hastings District Council for road closures. Makahu Road is not suitable for caravans or campervans. No dogs.

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Lat: -39.161952 Lng: 176.394432

User Reviews



Mangatainoka Hot Pools and Campsite is the best tramping treat money can't buy. Nestled in a Manuka stand next to the Mohaka River, you'll never want to get out. The pools are deep, (where you can't see out when you're sitting down). A very different experience to the Mangatutu Pools on Makahu Road. If you're after a night experience star gazing in a hot tub, camp at the pools, or take a buddy and head torch and make the 45min walk back to the hut in the dark.


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Beautiful hot springs! I liked these springs even more than Mangatutu because they were deep & there was easy access to the river for a cold plunge. If you're hiking out to te puia hut for the hot springs, bring you tent and just camp here. There is a really nice campground and drop toilets and you don't have to hike an hour back to the hut after relaxing in the hot pools


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