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Kai Iwi Lakes featuring a lake or waterhole and tranquil scenes

Hike through the forest, go kayaking, set up camp on the lakeshore or dip into the clear waters for a swim in this scenic triple-lake nature reserve.

Formed approximately 1.8 million years ago, the three pristine lakes that make up Kai Iwi Lakes are an attractive natural wonderland today, ideal for watersports, swimming and hiking. The adjoining campgrounds also make a great base for exploring the nearby beaches or forests of the remote Northland region.

Lake Taharoa, Lake Waikare and Lake Kai Iwi are part of a 1,329-acre (538-hectare) recreation reserve called the Taharoa Domain.

Marvel at the clarity of the water, which is highlighted by the white sands beneath. Jump in for a refreshing swim, enjoying the gradual temperature change from the warmer waters in the shallows to the cooler streams deeper down and farther out. The shallower, calmer waters closest to shore are ideal for kids to splash around in.

The sheer size of the lakes means boating and rowing is permitted, with designated zones for different watersports to keep everyone happy. Lake Taharoa allows for motor boats while the smaller Lake Waikare and Lake Kai Iwi allow only non-motorized craft for a more natural and peaceful experience. Whether you try water skiing or kayaking, you’ll love the adventure.

Follow the walking tracks and mountain bike trails that thread through the pine trees surrounding the lakes. There are tracks allowing you to take in all three lakes and if you are moderately fit, it would take 2-3 hours to complete this loop. Venture a bit farther out to the nearby Tasman Sea. This 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) walk takes you across neighboring farmland to a quiet, beautiful beach.

Make the most of your visit to Kai Iwi Lakes by spending a couple of nights camped out under the stars on the shores of Lake Taharoa. Choose the Pine Beach campground for its facilities or head to Promenade Point for a more basic and natural camping experience. Tents, vans, motorhomes and caravans are all welcome.

Kai Iwi Lakes is situated 22 miles (35 kilometers) north of Dargaville. Day visitors enter free of charge with fees applying only to overnight campers.

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Omamari Beach / Kai iwi Lakes / Kauri Forest
Omamari Beach / Kai iwi Lakes / Kauri Forest
Address Provided by Property Manager, Omamari, Northland
The price is £307 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Situated by the sea, this holiday home is 5.8 mi (9.3 km) from Kai Iwi Lakes and within 20 miles (32 km) of Trounson Kauri Park and Maunganui Bluff. The Woodturners ...
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Omamari Beach / Kai iwi Lakes / Kauri Forest
Wai Hou Oma Lodge
Wai Hou Oma Lodge
4 out of 5
357 Kai Iwi Lakes Road, RD 3, Omamari
Situated by the ocean, this eco-friendly lodge is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Kai Iwi Lakes and within 20 miles (32 km) of Trounson Kauri Park and Maunganui Bluff. ...
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"Good place to stay near the lakes. Host offers free bike hire."

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

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Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary - Conservation Area
Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary - Conservation Area
2 out of 5
93 Jones Road, Donnellys Crossing
Situated in a national park, this campsite is 4.4 mi (7 km) from Trounson Kauri Park and within 25 miles (40 km) of Kai Iwi Lakes and Maunganui Bluff. The Woodturners ...
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Parkview Motel
Parkview Motel
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Wai Hou Oma Lodge
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357 Kai Iwi Lakes Road, RD 3, Omamari
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Omamari Beach / Kai iwi Lakes / Kauri Forest
Address Provided by Property Manager, Omamari, Northland
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Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary - Conservation Area
Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary - Conservation Area
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Waipoua Lodge
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Sitting above beach with ocean views
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Sunset View Lodge
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Dargaville Holiday Park
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