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Lake Mahinapua

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Business Type: Lake and Scenic Reserve


Lake Mahinapua is a tranquil lake, it is surrounded by native bush and has a roomy DoC campground. The lake was once a coastal lagoon, but with the build up of coastal dune systems, became a shallow inland lake.

Address: 36 Weld Street, Hokitika, New Zealand, 7900 Fox Glacier & West Coast


Lake Mahinapua is one of the finest spots around Hokitika for a day out or a quiet afternoon. Enjoy the tranquillity of this pretty lake, only disturbed by black swans and ducks, and the occasional white heron.

Black swans, grey and mallard ducks are all common on the lake, while the rare bittern and seasonal white herons can occasionally be seen. Flax and rushes dominate the vegetation on the lake edge providing sheltered sites for swans and the ducks to breed. The shy fern bird can also at times be heard and sometimes seen flitting amongst these swampy wetland areas.

The surrounding bush is a mix of podocarps and hardwood species such as miro, matai, totara, rimu and kahikatea closer to the lake, with sub-canopy species such as kamahi, mahoe and quintinia being common. These tree species provide an important seasonal food supply for some of the birds found here; parakeets, tui, bellbird, pigeon.

The scenic reserve was gazetted in 1907 and provides a forested margin around the lake.

Short walks give even the most sedate a chance to explore, or the Mahinapua Walkway on the eastern side of the lake can take you along an old logging tramline – a bit of exercise at 2.5 hours return.

Dogs are not permitted in the Mahinapua Scenic Reserve.

Facilities: Toilets


Shanghai Road, Ruatapu, West Coast, New Zealand, 10km south of Hokitika

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