Lake Kaniere Walkway
Located in Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve in the West Coast region
IntroductionWalk or mountain bike along the western shores of Lake Kaniere through lush lakeside forest, passing many picturesque bays and numerous forest streams.
10.1 km one way
Dendrobium cunninghamii orchid on
a tree trunk, Kaniere Walkway
Starting (or ending) at the road end just past Sunny Bight picnic area, the Lake Kaniere Walkway is a four hour tramp around the western shore of Lake Kaniere. The walkway emerges at the southern end of the lake on the Dorothy Falls Road.
It is a four hour return walk back along the same track.
Highlights of the walk include many picturesque bays, numerous forest streams and lush lakeside forest. A lookout point over the lake is offered part way up Mt Upright/Te Taumata o Uekanaku.
There are numerous places to take a dip. Or when you have finished walking or riding Hans Bay is a popular local swimming spot.
The Lake Kaniere Walkway provides advanced grade 4 riding with a short section of expert, advanced grade 5 track near the Southern (Dorothy Falls) end.
Riders will encounter a technical and narrow track, rough surfaces with exposed tree roots. The track is steep in places with large drop offs.
Bikes are required to be carried due to a section of stairs in one section.
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.
The walk is suitable for people of average fitness and tramping boots are required.
For track conditions, maps, weather forecasts and more information on the area contact the Hokitika DOC office.
Stay safe in the outdoors
- Take the right gear for your trip: Walking and tramping gear lists.
- Tell a trusted person your plans and when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. Send them the information directly, or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk.
- Follow the five essential steps of the Land Safety Code.
|Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre|
|Phone:||+64 3 731 1895|
|Fax:||+64 4 471 1117|
4294 Coast Road
4294 Coast Road
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