At Lake Kaniere, short forest walks lead to picnic areas, waterfalls and sandy beaches ideal for swimming.


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 Beach
Canoe Cove - a great place for a swim

Canoe Cove Walk

Time: 15 min one way
Distance: 650m

Canoe cove is a small inlet at the head of the Lake. From a carpark opposite Milltown Road which is 1 km from the Landing along Lake Kaniere Road, this walk leads through dense stands or rimu and kahikatea forest to a sheltered sandy beach suitable for picnics and swimming.

Dorothy Falls
Lower part of Dorothy Falls 

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 Beach
Sit, relax and take in the views

Dorothy Creek Beach Walk

Time: 5 min one way
Distance: 250m

Opposite Dorothy Falls another short five minute track takes you to the lake edge.

Kahikatea Walk.
Wind through the flax to the kahikatea forest

Kahikatea Forest Walk

Time: 10 min loop walk
Distance: 600m

An easy 10 minute flat loop walk at Sunny Bight picnic area. The walk follows the Sunny Bight Creek and passes through virgin Kahikatea forest returning to the picnic area via a boardwalk over a flax swamp.

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. 

Know before you go

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

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