Hans Bay

Hans Bay

Lake Kaniere Campsite


21 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face


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Hans Bay Camping Ground
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The Hans Bay Camping Ground is a large grassy campsite on the shores of Lake Kaniere. A good place for a day out on the water, there are picnic tables, recycling facilities and a boat ramp.

A good place for fishing.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastHokitika


  • Basic Camping


Showing 8 reviews of 21.

K&KRahimi's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

A great, quiet spot. With a killer view.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2019

andrew's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

way to crowded and noisy

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jae-Marie Edwards


Ranking: 10/10

We arrived in Hokitika late afternoon and wanted to stay in the area to do the Gorge walk the next day. We found Lake Kaniere and loved how much space there was! There is no camping on the foreshore but where you can camp there are bins and tables. In the morning we drove our camper down to the foreshore to have breakfast. The mist on the lake and the snow capped mountains made for a wonderful backdrop. Some friendly ducks there as well.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Very spacious, secluded camping ground. Only three other vehicles were there with us but because of the smart layout of the place it really felt like we were the only ones there. The toilets are located by the lake and are very clean, flush, and are equipped with soap and light. The views are stunning both from the camping area and the lake. Picnic tables in camping area and by the lake.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Matt's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great place, so quiet and peaceful, we were the only ones there at the time so had whole place to ourselves.
The toilets were great, a bit of a walk from the camper site but no problem.
During summer I’d imagine it’s busy, but in April was super quiet

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in April 2018

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Stephen Lindsay

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot looking over the lake. Quiet in April. A few sand flies and watch out for the cheeky Wekas stealing your food from your plate.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Luis Vigil Vidal

Ranking: 9/10

Nice and lovely place. Super calm area to stay. Nice views to the lake, star gazing at night and lots of spaces. Flush clean toilets. A bit of sandflies but ok. Totally recommend it!!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Pascale Delos

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot for one or more nights at the Lake.
However...this was my first night in a DOC camping site, and I was disappointed.
A party of six or twelve people wouldn’t stop talking and laughing...until midnight probably.
Even though I asked them twice to lower their volume.
Disappointing yes, as any other camping ground has noise rules, 10.30pm to 7.30am, where I am tonight in Hanmer Springs.
The non respect of others also showed into motored toys like water skying, jet skying, etc... until 9.30pm.
What a shame..
I think it is time DOC does some publicity for peace and quiet. And remind people to enjoy nature, have a game of cards (as did my 2 young female neighbours), walk, play, etc..instead of bringing noise and pollution to preserved areas.

Thanks for reading me


Reviewed about 3 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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