Lake Wilkie walk

Lake Wilkie walk


3 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

5 Waikawa

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Time: 30 minutes return

This short walk takes you to a boardwalk over part of lake Wilkie. This walk is suitable for wheelchairs to the top viewing point.

The lake was formed behind sand dunes after the last ice age, and has gradually shrunk to its current size of 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres). Bog lakes like Lake Wilkie are uncommon in this part of the country. Along the track are several signs explaining the succession of different plants as land is slowly reclaimed. The full transition from sphagnum moss to mature forest occurs in only 65m.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandSouthlandWaikawa


  • Walking
  • Free


Caroline's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

All the free walks are very nice and very well maintained. Bridges and walkways are with lots of care and very respectfully built. Toilets at the starting point are always cool and with paper and soap.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lena Wesselink's avatar

Lena Wesselink


Ranking: 6/10

Short walk to Lake Wilkie. Not really special, but nice New Zealand nature. Fun to do if you have a lot of time.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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FlyingKiwiGirl's avatar


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Ranking: 4/10

Not the best walk we've done although the lake is very pretty. The boardwalk isn't long enough & loops around & heads straight back up the steep hill to the carpark. If you are on limited time don't bother.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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