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Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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Lovely Lake and surroundings

Biking and camping through this scenic reserve was a delight. There's plenty of places to fish and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Satyabrata
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New Delhi
A good lake to spend time.

Traveled to this lake , for a walk around. The main area appears to be Hans Bay. A few houses, and... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2018
62Peter1952
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
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“the loop” (4 reviews)
“hiking trails” (2 reviews)
“doc campsite” (2 reviews)
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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"the loop"
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"hiking trails"
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"doc campsite"
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"beautiful drive"
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"great spot for a picnic"
in 2 reviews
"lovely scenery"
in 2 reviews
"quiet spot"
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"camping ground"
in 3 reviews
"clear water"
in 2 reviews
"gravel road"
in 5 reviews
"hour walk"
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"lookout point"
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"scenic reserve"
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"follow the signs"
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"native bush"
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"worth a stop"
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"insect repellent"
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Biking and camping through this scenic reserve was a delight. There's plenty of places to fish and camp and swim, or kayak, canoe too. There's little beach near Hans Bay with some houses and lodges and a DOC campsite with toilet and water.

Thank Satyabrata
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Traveled to this lake , for a walk around. The main area appears to be Hans Bay. A few houses, and a camping ground. Found that the area is pleasant to wonder around the lake edge.

Thank 62Peter1952
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Plenty of walks and waterways. Lovely spot. Make sure you have insect repellent. Lake Kaniere is a photographers delight.

Thank Teherenga
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We went for a swim in the lake. Found a little beach away from the signposted area. It was incredibly peaceful - paradise!

Thank sarahandwilliam2018
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We spent a day exploring the Kaniere Scenic Reserve area and were surprised at the little traffic on that road, compared to the Hokitika Gorge and Tree Tops access roads. The Reserve offers many walks and access to longer hiking trails and the lake itself...More

3  Thank 8623PaulineS
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Because it is just off the standard tourist route, Kaniere does not get the attention it deserves, which leaves it amazingly quiet even in peak season. The Dorothy Falls are lovely, and the lake itself beautiful. My wife sat and painted undisturbed for three hours...More

Thank Hampshire_Gardener
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Stayed at Lake Kaniere in a campervan for one night - scenic and lovely - well worth the drive.- there are no facilities in the area - a few baches and a campervan campground

Thank WilsonOwen
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Shame about the jet skis and people playing music, be sure to go on the canoe creek track and kahikatea trail, amazing

Thank happysheepChina
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Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

I learned from the locals, that the idea of Lake Kaniere is try and catch the sunset in the mirror like reflection in the lake surface. It only really works on a very clear and still evening, as even the smallest amount of wind can...More

1  Thank CeruleanSun
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

I went there just thinking in a lake as many other but once the you are there can’t really describe how beautiful it is!! Amazing like a big mirror, reflections and stunning views!! Definitely must go!

Thank Yis G
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vaklara
11 February 2018|
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Response from 8623PaulineS | Reviewed this property |
Just for your information, when we visited Lake Kaniere in early March the road was closed between the Kaniere settlement and Kokatahi because of damage to bridges. This makes it impossible as a loop drive. However it is... More
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LizzieParker72
4 September 2016|
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Response from Laura P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, just seen your question! Yes, I think you can take your dog, there's a street by, but it's not really busy, just be careful because they drive really fast!
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Darryl D
6 June 2016|
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Response from Dave K | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the time/distance, however if you are on the West Coast of NZ then the lake is about 19km from Hokitika, Google about the lake on the internet as there is heaps of info. Really worth the visit and on a god day... More
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