Lake Mahinapua: A Jewel on New Zealand’s West Coast
Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in a day at Lake Mahinapua in West Coast New Zealand, a scenic reserve nestled amidst lush native bush. Known for its warm waters and panoramic mountain views Lake Mahinapua offers a plethora of recreational activities making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts just a stone’s throw from Lake Mahinapua Hotel, Bar & Eating House.
Surrounded by verdant forest, Lake Mahinapua’s tranquil waters mirror the dramatic skies and Southern Alps of New Zealand creating an enchanting spectacle that leaves visitors spellbound. Its history is equally fascinating. Once a significant waterway for paddle steamers navigating the coast, today the lake serves as a serene retreat away from the hustle and bustle. The name “Mahinapua” is of Māori origin and has been a significant part of local folklore for generations. Our very own Lake Mahinapua Hotel has its roots in this history, adding a unique charm to your stay. Immerse yourself in the rich tales of this area as you explore the local culture and traditions.
Lake Mahinapua Walkway & Recreation
A visit to Lake Mahinapua is one of the top things to do in the Hokitika area.
Hiking enthusiasts can explore several walking trails through lush native bush. These trails range from 10 minutes to 2.5 hours one way such as the Jum Micheal Track, Bellbird Walk, Swimmers Beach Walk Mananui Bush Walk or the Mananui Tramline.
The lake offers an array of water-based activities such as kayaking and swimming. Lake Mahinapua’s calm, crystal-clear waters are perfect for a refreshing swim on a sunny day. It’s a serene spot for water enthusiasts of all ages.
The Great White Heron & Glow Worms
Bird watchers will delight in spotting the graceful Great White Herons amidst the flora and fauna. The lake’s surroundings also serve as a habitat for glow worms, adding a magical touch to evening walks.
Hokitika Mountain Bike Trails
Lake Mahinapua is also the trailhead to a fantastic half-day mountain biking adventure on the Mananui Tramline. Mountain bikes can be hired from your accommodation at the Lake Mahinapua Hotel.
Lake Mahinapua Accommodation
Just a stone’s throw away from this natural paradise is the Lake Mahinapua Hotel tucked between the lake and the beach. You can access Lake Mahinapua directly via a short 700m access road fringed with giant native rainforest or via the Micheal Jum Walkway. The hotel offers an array of comfortable lodging options – there is something for everyone. The hotel is an ideal base for those wishing to spend a few days exploring the area.
Start your day with a morning coffee crafted to perfection at our onsite Coffee Bar, pick up a Picnic Hamper from the hotel’s Eating House to take to the lake or order from our West Coast-infused all-day menu, also available for take-out. Unwind after a day at Lake Mahinapua in West Coast at our onsite bar with an ice-cold beer on tap or satisfy your appetite with a meal. If you’re staying over, soak away any muscle aches in the shared spa pool, outdoor shower and sauna area.
Whether you choose active adventure or simply relax by the water’s edge, a day at Lake Mahinapua promises an unforgettable experience.