Mangatainoka Hot Springs
Image: Lauren Buchholz
Mahaku Road may be closed in times of heavy rainfall – check with Hastings District Council for road closures.
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.
Swing bridge to Mangatainoka Hot Springs
Time: 45 min
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 hot springs, on a small manuka terrace beside the Mohaka River, there are two fibreglass baths surrounded by a decking area.
The Mangatainoka Hot Springs Campsite 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.
From Napier, follow Puketitiri Road for 40 km, then turn into Pakaututu Road. Follow this for 9 km then turn into Makahu Road and follow this for a further 10 km to the end.
The trip involves about 1 hr of travel on unsealed gravel roads, as well as a river ford on Makahu Road 7.5 km from the road end. Take care when driving through the ford as heavy rain and snow melt can affect the water level.
The road is narrow, and may be slippery when wet. Check with Hastings District Council for temporary road closures.
Makahu Road is not suitable for caravans or campervans.
Wasp populations may increase in the warmer months – wear light-coloured clothing and carry appropriate medication.