Welcome to Kai Iwi Lakes
These three trout-filled freshwater dune lakes nestle together near the coast, 12km off SH12. The largest, Taharoa, has blue water fringed with sandy patches. Lake Waikere (meaning 'rippling waters') is popular with waterskiers, while Lake Kai Iwi (Food for the Tribe) is good for kayaking and swimming, as it's off limits to motorised craft. A half-hour walk leads from the lakes to the coast and it’s another two hours to reach the base of volcanic Maunganui Bluff (460m); the hike up and down it takes five hours.
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