Lake Kaniere

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Lake Kaniere is one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand and offers opportunity for a number of water sports. There are also several picnic places, a camping area, and numerous short walks.


Place overview


  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

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Find things to do and places to stay Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve

About this place

Nature and conservation

The Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve is over 7000 ha, including most of the land from the lake to the top of the peaks which surround it.

The lake is surrounded by native bush except for two cleared areas of farmland on the eastern shore. Lake Kaniere is 8 km long, 2 km wide and as deep 195 m in places.

Getting there

From Hokitika head east 19 km along Lake Kaniere Road, this road meets the lake at 'The Landing'. The road forks at this point, the right road heads to 'Sunny Bight' and the other is Dorothy Falls Road which takes you around the east side of the lake past Hans Bay.

Know before you go

Dogs are not permitted in the reserve as a myriad of bird species make their home in the lush forest.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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