Looking to get off the grid or catch a big one? Put a pin on the map at Lake Mahinerangi. 

This remote reservoir is stocked with perch and brown trout making it a favourite fishing spot for keen fishermen.

This 'lost lake' came about due to a dam on the Waipori River used to generate hydro electricity. The lake is 12 kilometres in length and sits over 600 metres above sea level.

The district of Waipori was once a thriving gold mining area. Now all that remains is the cemetery on the hill, which is still used for burials by locals. When the lake is low, the tops of dead trees that formerly surrounded the township are the only evidence of the town that once was. 

Further down Lake Mahinerangi you will find a small village of holiday homes and fishing huts for rent.

To get to the lake, take the back roads from the town of Lawrence or head up from Waipori Falls. The lake is surrounded by forestry, farmland, and tussock grasslands.

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