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Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve

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Address: Hokitika, New Zealand
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Nice language walk

Beautiful ferns, lichens, yes and views. Easy stream crossings. It's booked as 4 hours each way but you can turn around whenever you like.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Albuquerque, NM
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Albuquerque, NM
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207 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful ferns, lichens, yes and views. Easy stream crossings. It's booked as 4 hours each way but you can turn around whenever you like.

Thank Zialucia
Morrinsville, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting of the lake is stunning with the snow peaks clearly visible at the back of the lake. It is a heaven for water sports and for those keen on walking. Dorothy falls is well worth the visit too

Thank Lisa N E
Woking, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We started out just planning a four hour walk and had decided that walking all the way round as we'd started a bit late (it was winter and got dark about 17:30) however we made good time on the southern section (the path, not the road) and decided to push on. Beware, just when you think you're at the end... More 

1 Thank Dave_Woking
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41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

a great place to stop on your way cycling from Cowboy Paradise to Hokitika, but watch out for Sandflies and you will need to take your own food except in the height of summer when the camping ground might be open. Serene though at other times of the year as its deserted.

Thank Miriam M
Auckland, New Zealand
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81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Lots of lovely walks in this reserve, but we didn't do all of them due to the rain. Lots to photograph though which we did. Stopping at Dorothy Falls well worth it.

Thank Flicks
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Stunning lake. Wonderful walks and bike trails. Lovely place to go for a swim or ski. Great place to get away from city life. Watch out for the sandflies!

Thank burtandernie2014
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This place is worth the drive. There will be other people there as it is advertised and sign posted. However being in NZ it is not crowded even at the height of the season and is another of those wonderful clean unlittered places to be in, that you expect in this marvellous country. Just breathtaking although it does make you... More 

Thank Glynis98
San Jose, California
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

My husband and I drove to Lake Kaniere from Hokitika Gorge. We were looking for Dorothy Falls, and it was a lot further than we thought it would be! As it was getting dark and raining, we were considering turning around but glad we didn't. As soon as I opened the car door, a kiwi emerged from the brush and... More 

2 Thank onetruvoice
Nelson, New Zealand
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70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We were headed for the Hokitika Gorge and decided to take the scenic route round Lake Kaniere. We stopped at the head of the lake to take some photo's and were the only ones there. The lake was like glass and it was very tranquil. The road became a gravel one and we followed the contours of the lake through... More 

2 Thank Anne D
Strabane, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We visited to pass an afternoon in Hokitika. Sand flies were a torture as usual. However the views were wonderful! My partner took a dip and said it was warmer than expected!

1 Thank aimzgallz

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