Mt Thompson Mtb trails are located in the Tararua forest park behind the Manakau township. 12km north of Otaki or 14km south of Levin. - Waikawa stream reserve, North Manakau road, Manakau.

When planing your adventure into the Tararuas it always pays to check the local weather forecasts and local river levels


Mt Thompson Hill Climb

Pig Route




Waikawa Campground 


Turning off from SH1 follow North Manakau road around some corners, over a bridge & then around some more corners again.. Roughly for 4kms then turning right into Waikawa Stream reserve.

Waikawa reserve provides:

Safe secure Car parking, Camping areas, Toilets,  Shelter, Walking tracks, Mtb tracks & Swimming holes.

Map of the Area