Kaihoka Lakes walk

Track category

Walking track

Time:  

10 min

Distance:  

1.3 km

Description

Kaihoka Lakes. Photo: Patricia Devine.
Kaihoka Lakes

Coastal hills form a dramatic backdrop to these beautiful lakes. A 10-minute walking track begins beside one lake and heads gently down to the other. There is space to picnic at the car park and further along the road next to the lake.

Dogs and fires are not allowed in Kaihoka Lakes Scenic Reserve.

Getting there

At Pakawau, turn left off the main road and head over Pakawau Saddle, turning right on to Kaihoka Road just before Whanganui Inlet. Follow this road for 6 kilometres to Kaihoka Lakes Scenic Reserve.

Activities

Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching

The reserve is distinguished by its massed nikau palms, which give the walk a tropical feel. Here and there, dense glades of young matai, kahikatea, cedar and tanekaha indicate that the forest is recovering after past disturbance.

Large carnivorous Powelliphanta snails live in the reserve and a variety of water fowl can be seen on the lakes. Shags, paradise ducks, Canada geese and grey ducks all find shelter there among the raupo (bullrushes) and reeds.

Places to stay

There are no huts, and camping is not allowed.

 

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Safety

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Contacts

Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
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Takaka Office
Phone:      +64 3 525 8026
Email:   takaka@doc.govt.nz
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