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Lake Waikareiti is an gentle 1 hour walk (one way) through fantastic native bush. Great for the whole family. The trick with this adventure though, is to hire a row-boat from the DOC visitor centre that's just down the road.
Within the lake are several islands ( see image ), one of which has a track up to a little lake, which also has an island on it.
How many times can you say that you have visited an island, on a lake, on an island, on a lake, on an island? Classic!

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10 reviews with the most recent first

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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Michael Bley

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Easy walking with scenic views in a beautiful national park.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Maika Fuchs

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice quiet walk up to Lake Waikareiti. It is not the easiest one because it went up 300 metres. We enjoyed the walk and the beautiful nature. At the lake there is a little shelter for a rest.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Gessica

Italy

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lake after one hour walking in the bush. Choose a sunny day for going there, the colours are amazing. You can also rent a boat ($20 for four hours. Or just go walking around the lake.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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David Restell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely walk (Although seems all uphill the way there, I kept hoping for a downhill stretch but no). Fantastic views when we reached the very scenic lakes. Really nice walk.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in June 2013

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Bodil Andersen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

2 hours return. Very scenic lake! Great place to rest before the walk back through the forest.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Petra & Rolf

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Interesting forest, nice trip with a boat (dingy) that was hired at the National Park.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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female40

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

WOW!! If you like nature and being on your own!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Sarah Luijckx

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Just a very nice walk!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Max Van der Zalm

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Sandy Bay is beautiful but day walkers used up all the water. Take the rest of the walking tracks for good views.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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jennyb

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Walk through beautiful forest and if you organise with the nearby visitor centre beforehand, you can hire a row boat for half a day on the lake. Beautiful scenery and good value for money. Affordable for everyone.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

10 reviews with the most recent first

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 😍

Michael Bley's avatar

Michael Bley

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Easy walking with scenic views in a beautiful national park.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

Maika Fuchs's avatar

Maika Fuchs

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice quiet walk up to Lake Waikareiti. It is not the easiest one because it went up 300 metres. We enjoyed the walk and the beautiful nature. At the lake there is a little shelter for a rest.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Gessica's avatar

Gessica

Italy

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lake after one hour walking in the bush. Choose a sunny day for going there, the colours are amazing. You can also rent a boat ($20 for four hours. Or just go walking around the lake.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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David Restell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely walk (Although seems all uphill the way there, I kept hoping for a downhill stretch but no). Fantastic views when we reached the very scenic lakes. Really nice walk.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in June 2013

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Bodil Andersen's avatar

Bodil Andersen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

2 hours return. Very scenic lake! Great place to rest before the walk back through the forest.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Petra & Rolf

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Interesting forest, nice trip with a boat (dingy) that was hired at the National Park.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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female40

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

WOW!! If you like nature and being on your own!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Sarah Luijckx

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Just a very nice walk!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Max Van der Zalm

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Sandy Bay is beautiful but day walkers used up all the water. Take the rest of the walking tracks for good views.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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jennyb

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Walk through beautiful forest and if you organise with the nearby visitor centre beforehand, you can hire a row boat for half a day on the lake. Beautiful scenery and good value for money. Affordable for everyone.

Reviewed over 8 years ago