Lake Moeraki

Lake Moeraki in South Westland is the first of several small, easily accessible lakes heading north from Haast to Hokitika on State Highway 6. The Moeraki River feeds the lake from the southeast and exits towards the Tasman Sea to the northwest. State Highway 6 runs along its northern edge, with several signposted “access” points. Although, oddly, you can only get to the lake from the points signposted at the northwest and southeast ends. Park at the top and walk down the short access tracks (rough and only suitable for 4WD). The Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki and Monro Beach Walk entrances are also near the northwest lake access.

The lake is surrounded by native forest and lies within Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage area, right in the middle of a section of ancient forest that has never been logged. You can take a boat onto the lake – a kayak would be best. There is also enough room for a picnic at the southeast access.

To camp, go north to Lake Paringa. Mind the sandflies in both locations!

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