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Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve

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A wintertime visit

We drove the road around Lake Kaniere. The road is gravel in parts but good quality. There are a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gill H
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Lovely place for a picnic

Grab a delicious sandwich from The Hokitika Sandwich company and drive out here for a picnic.Just... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2018
Cronulla, Australia
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“the loop”(4 reviews)
“hiking trails”(2 reviews)
“doc campsite”(2 reviews)
Hokitika, New Zealand
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All reviews the loop hiking trails doc campsite beautiful drive great spot for a picnic lovely scenery camping ground clear water gravel road scenic reserve lookout point native bush follow the signs worth a stop new zealand short walk falls
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove the road around Lake Kaniere. The road is gravel in parts but good quality. There are a number of areas to pull off the road to enjoy the views. Some areas have picnic tables and toilets. It was drizzly rain during our visit...More

Thank Gill H
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Grab a delicious sandwich from The Hokitika Sandwich company and drive out here for a picnic.Just lovely.

Thank HollyFan
Reviewed 18 July 2018

This scenic reserve is worth a visit when you are in Hokitika. Not too far from town. It is a lovely site to visit with some good short walks. We also had a picnic at one of the picnis spots along the lake.

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 18 May 2018

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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
4 September 2016|
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!