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"Have a break at Lake Mahinapua (near Hokitika)" West Coast Things to Do Tip by Kakapo2

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  Good place for boat tours: Lake Mahinapua.
by Kakapo2

You can reach nice Lake Mahinapua directly from SH6, about 13kms south of Hokitika. There are nice views and a nice picnic area. I can only repeat it again and again: Have insect repellent handy if you want to relax there, so you can react quickly when the sandflies start their attacks and enjoy your time. Protected like this I once was even able to write a story at this peaceful spot.

But Lake Mahinapua offers a lot more joys and activities. Like nearly everywhere you can go for some walks, for example the Jum Michel and Bellbird Walks. Another track, the Mahinapua Walkway starts further north near Mananui and leads down to the eastern end of the lake.

Nearly half way between Hokitika and Lake Mahinapua, at the end of the Mahinapua Creek, you can go on a guided canoe tour or the old-fashioned Paddle Boat Cruise. Both tours start at the creek and lead to the lake.


Paddle Boat Cruises
Tel. (03) 755 7239 and (03) 755 6166
Departures January - April 2pm, in winter (June - October) on request

Due West Canoe Safaris
Tel. (0800) 383 9378, (03) 755 6717
Departures daily 9am and 4pm
(Also canoes for hire)

Directions: Paddle boat and canoes 5km south of Hokitika, at the creek.
Direct access to the lake (picnic, walks) 13 to 15kms south of Hokitika.
Mahinapua Walkway about 7kms south of Hokitika.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 7, 2007
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