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Loop Lake Kaniere, West Coast

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Loop Lake KaniereBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ben Aynsley

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West Coast


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:45 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:40 (Fast)



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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 its 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.

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Features of interest

Lake Kaniere, Southern Alps

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 45%

Gravel Road: 45%

Sealed Road: 10%

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  • Access

    From Hokitika head 20kms inland to Lake Kaniere , you can start the loop from anywhere next to the lake but my favourite spot is to head right to Sunny Bight Boat ramp area, from here its about 500m warm up to the start of the trail section

    Parking lakeside anywhere

    19 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    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

  • Post run indulgence

    Ritual and Ramble

    Fat Pippis Pizza
    Best Pizza on the Coast

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