Lake Kaniere, South Island, New Zealand

At 5,436 acres, Lake Kaniere is the second largest lake among the West Coast lakes of the South Island of New Zealand. With 12 miles of shoreline and water as deep as 640 feet, Lake Kaniere drains into the Tasman Sea via the Hokitika River and Kaniere River where there is a small hydroelectric station. The West Coast Region, which is known for its beautiful vistas, is rugged with some – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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Lake Locations: New Zealand - South Island - West Coast -

At 5,436 acres, Lake Kaniere is the second largest lake among the West Coast lakes of the South Island of New Zealand. With 12 miles of shoreline and water as deep as 640 feet, Lake Kaniere drains into the Tasman Sea via the Hokitika River and Kaniere River where there is a small hydroelectric station. The West Coast Region, which is known for its beautiful vistas, is rugged with some coastal plains where most of the population lives. This region is home to the only lowland forest remaining in New Zealand as other lowland forest areas are settled or are being used for agriculture. Home to a native temperate rainforest, the West Coast Region has very high rainfall creating a lush tropical environment.

Surrounding most of the lake is Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve, which runs from the lake to the top of the peaks that surround it. The reserve is popular for water skiing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping, and hiking. Take the scenic road to Dorothy Falls, a 209 foot high water fall that spills into Lake Kaniere. There are several hikes or walks in the Reserve including the Kahikatea Forest Walk, Canoe Cove Rimu Forest Walk, Lake Kaniere Walkway, Dorothy Falls, Lake Kaniere Water Race Walk, and Mt. Tuhua Track.

For fishing, expect to catch brown trout and perch from a boat. Access to Lake Kaniere is via the Lake Kaniere Rd. and the Dorothy Falls Rd, which runs alongside the shoreline. Set in a beautiful valley, the lake offers good fishing while trolling from a boat but has limited shore fishing since the shoreline drops off steeply into the water on much of it. These steep drops only add to the grandeur of the area making it one of the most remotely beautiful lakes in New Zealand.

Just 12.4 miles away is Hokitika a township on the West Coast of South Island. With a population of just under 4,000 for the town and its surround area, Hokitika was once New Zealand’s most populous areas after the gold rush of 1866. Once the rush was over, the population settled to where it is now. Attractions in Hokitika include the West Coast Historical Museum (home to a collection of Maori weapons and jewelry in greenstone), St. Mary’s Church (the principal neo-Romanesque landmark of the town), Hokitika River Gorge (an old suspension bridge), and Lake Kaniere.

Hokitika is quickly becoming very popular with whitewater kayakers due to the pristine clear blue water of the rivers. Since the rivers drop very quickly from the Southern Alps into the sea in a very short distance, Class 5 rapids on down to Class 1 and 2 are found in abundance. Popular runs include Arahura, Whitcombe, Styx, Toaroa, Kokatshi, Totara, Kaniere, and Kakapotahi.

Most of the land in the West Coast Region is public land administered by the New Zealand Department of Conservation and is protected from deforestation by the timber companies. The result of this protection is that some of the best remaining stands of native forests still exist around Lake Kaniere.

For a vacation highlighted by outdoor fun, head to Lake Kaniere where you can enjoy the coastline at Hokitika, the mountains above the lake, the forests in the Reserve, and the serene beauty of a remote lake.

Things to Do at Lake Kaniere

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  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Waterfall
  • Museum

Fish Species Found at Lake Kaniere

  • Brown Trout
  • Perch
  • Trout

All About Lake Kaniere

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Kaniere Vacation

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  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
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  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 5,436 acres

Shoreline Length: 12 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 280 feet

Maximum Depth: 640 feet

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