Mangarara Farm Walk

298 Mangarara Road, Patangata, Otane, Central Hawke's Bay, Hawkes Bay

The Hart Family have opened up the gates and welcome all to experience the great work they are doing replanting native bush on Mangarara Station.

Allow 40 minutes

Mangarara (The Family Farm) is a 610 hectare/1500 acre hill country farm in Elsthorpe, Hawke’s Bay. The farm is a diverse mix of lakes, wetlands, peat flats, rolling and steep hills, pasture, native and exotic trees. Like a living organism, it is constantly evolving.

The walking tracks showcase the great work the Hart family and a community of willing supporters have been doing replanting native bush in the back block of the family farm. 

Sign in at the gate and follow the road to the woolshed. From here you have a signposted 1km walk through farmland to the native forest block. The 1.8km round track weaves through 13ha of original Kahikatea Matai and Totara forest and another 20ha of new plantings supported by the Air New Zealand Environment Trust from 2008 to 2010. This is a loop track which requires moderate fitness and tramping experience. The tracks are still being developed and not well used but well worth a look.


Getting There

From Patangata Tavern cross the one-way Bridge, about half way up the hill you will see the Mangarara Station sign and the access road on the right.

Follow this road for 3km until you get to the MANGARARA sign in big red letters which is the end of the public road.

Please note this is a working farm you must sign in and out at the gate for health and safety purposes.