Kahikatea Forest Walk

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


These short forest walks lead to picnic areas, waterfalls and sandy beaches ideal for swimming - plenty to keep kids interested.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2 min - 15 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


A range of short walks that lead to picnic areas, waterfalls and sandy beaches. The beach at the end of Canoe Cove Walk and Dorothy Falls are spots for swimming. Dorothy Falls is refreshing but a little chilly!

Canoe Cove Walk

Time: 15 min one way
Distance: 650 m

Canoe cove is a small inlet at the head of Lake Kaniere. It is accessed via a track which begins at the carpark opposite the Hans Bay Road/ Milltown Road junction. This walk leads through dense stands of rimu and kahikatea forest to a sheltered sandy beach suitable for picnics and swimming.

Dorothy Falls

Time: 2 min one way

About 3.5 km from Hans Bay along Dorothy Falls Road, a short walk leads to the base of Dorothy Falls - a lovely spot for a refreshing dip.

Dorothy Creek Beach Walk

Time: 5 min one way
Distance: 250 m

Opposite Dorothy Falls another short section of track takes you on a five minute walk to the lake edge. 

Kahikatea Forest Walk

Time: 10 min loop walk
Distance: 600 m

From the Sunny Bight picnic area this is an easy 10 minute loop walk. The walk follows Sunny Bight Creek and passes through virgin Kahikatea forest before returning to the picnic area via a boardwalk over a flax swamp.

Getting there

From Hokitika head east along Lake Kaniere Road for 19 km. 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

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


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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