Mangaotaki Walk & Waitanguru Falls Walk

The Mangaotaki Valley boasts stunning limestone outcrops and rugged landscape, which are reflected in the Mangaotaki and Waitanguru Falls walks.

Waitanguru Falls Walk, Piopio, Waitomo, NZ

Waitanguru Falls Walk, Piopio

These two short Waikato Walks a great family activity, just minutes out of the rural town of Piopio. Winding their way over tree roots and past massive boulders and towering kahikatea trees, the two walking trails also allow for dog walking (with a permit) and great fly fishing (also with a permit).

The Mangaotaki River is ideal for the novice fly fisherman, with no shortage of rainbow trout, with access gained via the Mangoataki Scenic Reserve.

The Mangaotaki Valley is also home to Hairy Feet Waitomo, the filming location for Trollshaw Forest in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Mangaotaki walk details

  • Location: 8km along Mangaotaki Road, Piopio
  • Length: 30 minute loop
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Waitanguru Falls walk details

  • Location: 11km further along Mangaotaki Road from the Mangaotaki Walk
  • Length: 15 minute return
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Please note: For more information on dog walking and fishing permits visit