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Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve

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Address: Hokitika, New Zealand

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Absolutely gorgeous scenery, and it is so peaceful there with native bush surrounding the lake. I would definately go there again

Reviewed 2 days ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutely gorgeous scenery, and it is so peaceful there with native bush surrounding the lake. I would definately go there again

Thank Fionahead
Sevierville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We decided to do the loop around the lake after a visit to the Gorge. Very nice area with many different places to stop and take in the views and hike and see waterfalls. Great place to stop and relax for a while.

Thank Gary M
Dunedin, New Zealand
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic views and picturesque drive around the lake with bays to stop and enjoy. Dorothy Falls is a beautiful spot to enjoy with a short bush walk to the lake across the road.

Thank Kelly W
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked one of the shorter tracks which was well maintained as have been all the great DOC tracks. We saw a Weka and took some great photos. It was beautiful bush and the lake was picturesque

Thank Sallyr1962
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous drive around the lake with lots of places to stop and have picnics or admire the views. Beware part of the road is gravel and unmarked so it can be dangerous. Take it slow and keep left. Beautiful lake though and worthy of a visit.

Thank Ah62
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

A great quiet spot to visit especially if you want to swim in the lake. A good basic DOC campsite and plenty of sandflys.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Levin, New Zealand
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

I didn't intend to visit as it had turned to rain and I wasn't going to get to see the stunning 'sunshine' views, I was going to leave that until my next trip down south. I was pleased I did though. The road was unsealed and narrow (I did a visit after the gorge) but the bush was lovely, I... More 

Thank CarolKate39
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Although the weather wasn't great, we walked around the bush trail, which was absolutely beautiful. The gorge and bridge were a short walk and this is whole area is Mother Nature at her best. Not to be missed. There was wheelchair access to the first lookout point, but it became steep after that.

Thank Christine S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

This area is different from the other NZ hikes that we've done. It's more of a jungle feel, except it's not 100 degrees. We saw the Dorothy Falls which are right off the road (very cool) and hiked for just over an hour on the Lake Kaniere walkway. Typically it's a 3-4 hour walk one way, so we just walked... More 

Thank Baker F
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We went a little to late the wind had got up so the lake wasn't clear... i would love to go back and watch the sunrise to see if it makes a difference the recommendations are to go before dawn or at dusk. Wear mosquito spray!

Thank Francesca C

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