Last Updated: 2nd Apr 2024

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Loop Lake Kaniere

Hokitika, West Coast

Submitted by Ben Aynsley

Last Updated: 2nd Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 20 ?

Gnarl Factor: 22 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.8%


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The best way to complete this run is to park at Sunny Bight or Hans Bay and run around the lake anit-clockwise. This gets the 10km of single track done first and the gravel road for when you are slightly more tired.

Follow the road around the Lake until it stops on the southern side which is where the single track starts, there's one decent climb about 7km into the single track which can reduce you to a walk but it's mainly nicely undulating. Once you hit the road remember to turn left back to where you started. Another option is to turn around and run back through the single track which is great training for solely trail runs.

Many different options can be added to this run including Mt Brown , Mt Tuhua or the West Coast Wilderness trail.

Lake Kaniere, Southern Alps

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Parking lakeside anywhere

19 km

20 minutes




Remember to turn left once you hit the road at the head of the lake


Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone

Side streams all along the route

Trail quite wet during winter

Falling trees in heavy wind

Ritual and Ramble

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Trail Reviews

This is a fantastic run - even got to see my first weka on the trail. Finished with a picnic and swim at the end :)

Noeline Best

January 31, 2020

Great run, love the single track around the lake, stunning views and nice technical terrain. The gravel road is pretty quiet and does make for easier running on the way home - if only it was single track all the way though!

Katie Smith

August 10, 2017

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