Lake Kaniere

Lake Kaniere, Te Tai Poutini (West Coast)


From the main road in Hokitika (SH6), turn off at the Lake Kaniere Road and follow the road for 15 or 20 kilometres until you reach the lake.  The nohoanga site is situated approximately 300 metres past the Department of Conservation (DoC) camping area at Hans Bay, on the left hand side of the road.  The boundaries of the nohoanga are marked with pink florescent tape and white ‘no public camping’ signs which are visible from the road.

Physical description

This scenic nohoanga site has great views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The site is large, relatively flat and well-drained and gently slopes towards the lake. While most of the nohoanga is covered in long grass, there are also large trees and shrubs on the site that provide shelter for site users. Nohoanga users may need to carry out basic site preparation in order to erect tents, such as cutting grass with a slasher, although lawn-mowing of specified campsites may be carried out to assist with this. Restoration planting and campsite development has also been initiated at this site, so care should be taken to ensure plants are protected.

Vehicle access and parking

Vehicle access and parking on the site is possible, but can pose issues in excessive rain, as the track on the site is relatively undeveloped (ie. dirt only, no shingle). Vehicle access is available from two places, both towards the southern end of the site. Parking for a limited number of vehicles is possible by following these access routes to the various camping areas within the site. Care should be taken if parking caravans or campervans on this area, especially in wet conditions. Parking of excess vehicles is possible across the road, particularly within the boat ramp area towards the lakeshore.

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Facilities and services

Nohoanga site users are permitted to use the nearby DoC camping site facilities at Hans Bay. Facilities include toilets and a tapped water supply (although boiling of this water is recommended before use).

Other public facilities near the nohoanga site include various fire pits/barbecue areas, benches/seating, a children’s playing area, a jetty and a boat-launching ramp.

The Kaniere Power Boat club is located between the DoC toilets and the nohoanga and is open from time to time for racing events and are welcoming of visitors.

Across the opposite side of the lake is the Sunny Bight recreational area, which includes a further boat ramp, picnic area and toilets as well as a Kahikatea Forest Walk.

There are numerous other walking tracks in and around Lake Kaniere, including Mt.Tuhua track, the lake circuit track and Dorothy Falls

There are a growing number of baches and residential development around the lake, although the closest place for supplies is the Kaniere Garage about 15 mins away back towards Hokitika.

Cellphone reception is possible at a few spots on the nohoanga and around the lake, but it is very patchy. Stable reception is available near the Kaniere Garage.

All rubbish and waste must be removed by users upon departure of Lake Kaniere nohoanga. See key contacts below for contact details of refuse and dumping stations.

Site restrictions

  • No domestic animals (including pets) are permitted on this nohoanga site.
  • Fire restrictions may apply to this area. Please contact the Department of Conservation Area Office in Hokitika, before using this site to assess the situation.
  • It is advisable to take drinking water to the site, as all water from the DoC campsite needs to be boiled before drinking.


Further Information

Phone: 0800 NOHOANGA