Hans Bay

Hans Bay

Lake Kaniere Campsite


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Ranking: 9/10

A great, quiet spot. With a killer view.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in November 2019

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Ranking: 1/10

way to crowded and noisy

Reviewed 10 months 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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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 2 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 about 2 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 over 2 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 over 2 years ago

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Jarod Haegel


Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic view over lake. A bit further back from the water unfortunately (other side of the road). Need to walk down path to get to flush toilets but they were in good condition.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2017

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

At only $8pp, the facilities, views and vibes here are a bargain. Better scenery and facilities than some of the $15 'scenic' DOC camps. We stayed here on Xmas Eve and the place was relatively full, but we still found space. The toilets were kept clean, recycling facilities and bins throughout and the lake provided a crisp early-evening bath. Lake is gorgeous, perfect for skimming rocks at sunset. Bring your kayak or go for a swim....watch out for a nippy eel by the boat-ramp area of the beach. Community group rocked up on the back of a pickup truck singing xmas carols and spreading good vibes.

The unsealed road to Dorothy Falls is only 5-10min by car, but was not an option for our large, rented, 2wd camper. Managed to walk to Dorothy Falls early on Xmas morning. 1hr walk to falls + 10min more to the lakeside. After rock skimming and swimming, return the same way for a leisurely 3hr round trip by foot. Walk early to avoid traffic on the road.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Hans Bay is a very nice DOC camping area with several flattish areas on which to park or pitch a tent. There are flush toilets and a water supply .. but we only found one water supply tap. The camping area is on the left hand side of the road shown in the photograph with a fairly steep sealed drive up from the road. We scraped the back end of the caravan going up the slope .. a longer caravan could find it a problem. Well worth a visit. I suspect the camp is very busy in the summer holidays.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Lucy Oury

Ranking: 9/10

Loved this quiet lakeside DOC campsite! There were only 2 other vehicles there, so felt very private and spacious. Lake is stunning, and the tame birds liked to watch us cook in the evening. Bring bug spray for sandflies. Flushing toilets with lighting, no showers. Basic facilities but fair price ($8pp) for such a special setting.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Aisling Burke

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent DOC campsite. Really big and spread out so plenty of patches for everyone. Beautiful views overlooking the lake. New toilet block with flushing toilets and sinks and multiple cubicles. Refuse and recycling bins also provided. One of the top $8 DOC campsites we've stayed in.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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David Brici

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite next to a mirror lake! It was quite busy here but I still recommend it as it's peaceful and close to Hokitika Gorge!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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W Donovan

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful location - basic facilities. Make sure you visit the Hokitika Gorge and walk along the water race - stunning vegetation.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Rob Manson

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great DOC campsite overlooking the Lake and lovely walk to Dorothy Falls and Hokitika Gorge Walk. Is stunning if not a bit hard to find, mind the sandflies.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jean marc Daubenfeld

French Polynesia

Ranking: 10/10

A great moment with the silence, the nature and birds. Wonderful view along the lake. Possibility to walk or picnic. Quiet. Toilets but no showers.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Pauline Gibson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful location, very basic but cheap and convenient.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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mcp hm

United States

Ranking: 8/10

very pretty. easy to find a secluded spot even if its crowded. good flush toilets and changing room, but they were so far from our site that we used our bicycles! cute wekas and stunning night sky. we chose this spot because i had read the luminaries, which takes place in the area, and we wanted to go to the gorge. the drive to the campsite and the loop to the gorge are very pretty but it was a rather long drive, not totally sure if it was worth it, but still, nice.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Ranking: 8/10

Great views over lake. $6pp. Off main track so quiet & peaceful. Not far from Hokitika Gorge.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Carolin Ranner


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful landscape and lake

Reviewed about 9 years ago