Lake Kaniere short walks

Track category

Short walk


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. 


Swimming Swimming


The beach at the end of Canoe Cove Walk and Dorothy Falls are spots for swimming. Dorothy Falls is refreshing but very chilly!

Plan and prepare

For track conditions, maps, weather forecasts and more information on the area contact:

Hokitika Office
Phone:      +64 3 756 9100
Full office details

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Hokitika Office
Phone:      +64 3 756 9100
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