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Kaniere Water Race, West Coast

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Kaniere Water RaceBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Nicky Armstrong

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West Coast


Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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This run follows the historic Kaniere Water Race, originally used for gold sluicing and now part of a small hydro-electric power plant. The first part of the run follows relatively well-maintained single track with a few wooden staircases and bridges to keep things interesting. The last third has been recently upgraded to a wide, gravel track as part of the West Coast Wilderness Cycle Way. This is also a nice out-and-back run, or can be linked up with the cycle way through Hurunui Jacks to make great loop.

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Features of interest

Historic mining water race, still used for power generation. Nice views of Lake Kaniere at the end.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Easy Single Track: 30%

Gravel Road: 10%

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  • Access

    Follow Lake Kaniere Road east from Hokitika to a small gravel car park directly adjacent to the road. The start of the track is well signposted with a Department of Conservation sign for the Kaniere Water Race Walkway.

    There are gravel car parks at both the start and end of the track both of which are quite safe. No public transport, but the West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail passes them both.

    11 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Survival blanket.

    The track follows the water race for almost it's entire length and the water quality is probably o.k., although I would prefer to take my own.

    Probably a bit muddy after heavy rain, which does happen occasionally on the West Coast.

    There can be a lot of cyclists, including families with small children, on the cycle trail, especially at weekends and school holidays.

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