Kaniere Water Race Walkway : Walking and tramping in Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve


The Kaniere Water Race Walkway provides an opportunity for a pleasant bush walk in an area that is rich in history.


Track overview

One way

Walking and tramping

3 hr 30 min - 4 hr Easy: Walking track

About this track


The walkway follows a  historic power station water race as it twists and turns along the edge of a scenic reserve.

The walkway starts at the Landing at the northern edge of Lake Kaniere and ends at Kennedy Creek on the Hokitika-Lake Kaniere Road. Shorter sections can be walked - the most popular option being an easier stretch from the Landing to Ward road carpark which takes about an hour.

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.

Mountain biking

This track is also suitable for mountain biking and is part of the West Coast Wildnerness Trail. The stretch between The Landing and Ward Road is easy mountain biking, while the remaining section is more suitable for intermediate/advanced bikers.

Know before you go

The Walkway is suitable for people of average fitness.

For track conditions, maps, weather forecasts and more information on the area contact the Hokitika DOC office.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Email:   hokitika@doc.govt.nz
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
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