The tall forest reflecting in the calm waters of the Waihora Lagoon

Image: Amelia Willis | DOC


This short walk leads to a viewing platform over a lagoon, where tall trees are reflected in the water.

Track overview

730 m return via same track

Walking and tramping

15 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This lagoon is one of the most beautiful spots in the Pureora Forest Park park, surrounded by tall rimu and kahikatea that reflect in the water.

The track is well-formed with a boardwalk snaking through the trees to a platform beside the lagoon – a shallow ephemeral wetland surrounded by swamp forest.

Getting there

From SH32 turn onto Waihora Road (signposted). Follow this gravel road for approx. 3 km before turning into the Waihora Lagoon car park.

The gravel road is in disrepair and is only recemmended for 4WD vehicles. 

Know before you go

The lagoon can dry out in summer.


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