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Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve

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Camp there. Department of Conservation sites, basic but only $8 per person per night

Bring your best mosquito repelllent, but you are getting closer to both the edge of the wilderness... read more

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patrick d
Christchurch, New Zealand
Canoe Cove Walk

A short 15 min walk through the forest. The walk itself is nothing special but it takes you out at... read more

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

Bring your best mosquito repelllent, but you are getting closer to both the edge of the wilderness, and the Southern Alps. Gives Kaniere a feeling of wilder energy just busting to get loose. The lake in the morning is beautiful.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank patrick d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A short 15 min walk through the forest. The walk itself is nothing special but it takes you out at the lake which is stunning especially on a sunny day. Highly recommend this short walk.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 829andyf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Kaniere was a 40min return drive from Hokitika - quite a detour. But other than a simple swing and some ducks, there was nothing much to see. The lake simply lacks charm. The waters were too dull and greyish. On hindsight, the time might...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank msnakim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic location - swam in both the freezing Dorothy Falls waterfall beside lake & in the lake opposite. Wonderful outing ( at least on a sunny day). No sandflies. Great picnic, beautiful views.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mc_stanley1
Reviewed 11 November 2018

Even with the rain coming down, was picturesque place to visit. Would love to see on a fine blue day.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chipmunk22
Reviewed 29 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 89thst
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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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!