The Bain Bay Track travels through wetlands and around the lake shore to Bain Bay.

Track overview

7.2 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

2.5 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The track starts at the boat launching site opposite the Lake Brunner Lodge at Mitchells, on the southern end of the lake.

It follows a boardwalk through wetlands and around the lake shore to a secluded camping and picnic area at Bain Bay. Parts of the track also pass through dense forest containing kahikatea, matai and rimu, and tall tree ferns.

Both track and boardwalk can be immersed and impassable when the lake level is high.

About halfway around, a double row of piles in the lake are the remains of an old L-shaped wharf. There are also remains of tramways and other equipment that delivered logs to be towed across the lake to a sawmill at Te Kinga.

Getting there

Lake Brunner is 37 km from Greymouth. Drive inland from Greymouth on SH7 for 14 km until you reach Stillwater. Turn right onto the Arnold Valley Road to Moana and Inchbonnie and drive until you come to Lake Brunner. Moana is at the north of Lake Brunner. 

Lake Brunner can also be reached by turning onto Lake Brunnner Road at Jacksons on SH73 between Christchurch and the West Coast. Jacksons is 45 km inland from the Kumara Junction. Follow Lake Brunner Road to Moana, or turn off at Kumara-Inchbonnie Road to get to the south and west of the lake and back to Kumara. 


Māwhera / Greymouth Office
Phone:   +64 3 768 0427
Address:   17 High Street
Greymouth 7805
Full office details
Reefton Visitor Centre i-SITE Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 732 8391
Address:   67–69 Broadway
Full office details
Back to top