We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights

We just stumbled on this little gem. Fabulous work by DOC to build the short walkway, boardwalks... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Totrue B
Auckland, New Zealand

This lake is just a brief walk from the carpark. The reflections are wonderful. There are... read more

Reviewed February 5, 2019
Cambridge, New Zealand
Read all 12 reviews
All photos (11)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good59%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“birds singing”(2 reviews)
“minute walk”(2 reviews)
“bog”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Chaslands Hwy, Papatowai 9586, New Zealand
Improve This Listing
Reviews (12)
Filter reviews
12 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews birds singing minute walk bog boardwalk reflecting signs lookout track stop
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just stumbled on this little gem. Fabulous work by DOC to build the short walkway, boardwalks and platform to this small bog lake. Surrounded by bush and native trees, this place is so serene. Reflections of forest in the lake surface were among the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Totrue B
Reviewed February 5, 2019

This lake is just a brief walk from the carpark. The reflections are wonderful. There are informative signs on the boardwalk. When looked at in the perspective of the Catlins as a whole it helps show the diversity of habitats in the area

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank MJGx2
Reviewed January 21, 2019 via mobile

This is an ok easy, short loop track of around 20 mins. It doesn't go right around the lake which is more of a big pond and very ordinary. Not a great deal to see. Could easily give this one a miss if you are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We saw the sign "Lake Wilkie" so pulled into the parking area and walked to the lookout (about 7-8 minutes). The view was great so we continued down to the lake (about 20 minute walk). The reflections were magnificent. Well woth the stop.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Loz310
Reviewed November 1, 2018

The reflections were amazing. We were nearly on our own here and the birds and scenery were wonderful. It was also an interesting geography as it's a lake slowly turning back into land.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karin C
Reviewed April 29, 2018

Very short walk from the car park to the view of the lake. There were lots of birds singing and it was very quiet apart from them. Will take you no time to visit.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank 422iana
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

This short loop walk around a small bog lake has a wide path with explanatory plaques around the walk. Native bird song.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Contention
Reviewed April 19, 2017

It is worth the stop along the Chaslands Hwy to check this little lake out, especially on a calm day which allows the best reflections. Plenty of free parking and just a short walk to the lake views. Nice piece of quiet forest also to...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Found_Lost_Key
Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

This is nice for a quick stop, but don't drive towards it if you don't need to go there. The lake is great for its reflection and you can take beautiful pictures here.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank CoisDeZweed
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Barely 10 minute walk off the main road. Beautiful coastal podocarp native forest lines the track down to the mirror lake. Interpretation panels describe the ecological events. Best on a windless sunny day in early to mid summer when the rata trees surrounding the lake...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Slightly_Wst_of_Sane
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Longbourne Lodge Country Motel
70 reviews
22.16 miles away
Bella Vista Mosgiel Motel
77 reviews
24.36 miles away
Mosgiel Regency Motel
52 reviews
24.55 miles away
Bonnie Knights Motel
40 reviews
25.05 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all nearby restaurants
Kissing Gate Cafe
151 reviews
4.90 miles away
Strath Taieri Hotel
8 reviews
5.13 miles away
Topiary Cafe
116 reviews
24.17 miles away
Blueskin Nurseries Cafe
90 reviews
26.08 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 8 nearby attractions
Cycle Surgery
456 reviews
5.05 miles away
Wal's Plant & Fun Land
44 reviews
24.18 miles away
Rail Trail
36 reviews
5.13 miles away
Sutton Salt Lake
20 reviews
.99 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Lake Wilkie staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines