Carew Falls

Image: DOC

Introduction

Walk through wetlands around the shore of Lake Brunner, or to an impressive waterfall.

Track overview

2 km | 7.2 km

Walking and tramping

1 hr return | 2.5 hr return Easiest: Short walk
Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Carew Falls

Time: 1 hr return
Distance: 2 km return

A good track winds up through forest to reach a waterfall on Carew Creek, which descends from Castle Hill, one of the Hohonu Peaks. Immense water-shaped granite boulders make perfect spots for sitting and enjoying a view out over the western end of Lake Brunner from a height of more than 100 m.

Old pipes seen along the track are from a small hydro scheme that once provided power for the Mitchells Hotel (now Lake Brunner Lodge).

Return via the same track.

Getting there: The track starts on Kumara-Inchboooie Road, about 300 m east of Lake Brunner Lodge.

Bain Bay Walk

Time: 2 hr 30 min return
Distance: 7.2 km return

For the first kilometre, the track runs around the swampy lake margin mostly on boardwalk, with the option of walking on the lake beach in between. Note, both track and boardwalk can be immersed and impassable when the lake level is high.

Cross Drake Point at moderate gradients, through dense forest featuring huge trees including kahikatea, matai and rimu, tall tree ferns and tangles of vines.

At Bain Bay, the boardwalk gives way to a gravel track running close to the lake edge. 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.

Return via the same track.

Getting there: Start beside Lake Brunner (Moana) at the end of the short road opposite Lake Brunner Lodge on Kumara-Inchbonner Road.

Getting there

These walks start on Kumara-Inchbonnie Road, on the south end of Lake Brunner. Lake Brunner is inland from Greymouth, between SH 73 and SH 7.

Turn off SH 73 at Kumara into Kumara-Inchbonnie Road (21 km), or at Jacksons into Lake Brunner Road, which leads into Kumara-Inchbonnie Road (18 km).

Contacts

Māwhera / Greymouth Office
Phone:   +64 3 768 0427
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   greymouth@doc.govt.nz
Address:   17 High Street
Greymouth 7805
Postal Address:   PO Box 370
Greymouth 7840
Reefton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 732 8391
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   reefton@i-site.org
Address:   67–69 Broadway
Reefton
Postal Address:   PO Box 100
Reefton 7851
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