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Stunning lakes

Lovely white sand surrounding crystal clear fresh water at all three lakes. Good facilities and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tauranga, New Zealand
No more long-drops!

Having last camped here back in the 70s, it was interesting to see how little it has changed in the... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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Kai Iwi Lakes Road, Dargaville, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely white sand surrounding crystal clear fresh water at all three lakes. Good facilities and attractive basic camping facilities .

Thank Shayles40
Reviewed 10 May 2018

Having last camped here back in the 70s, it was interesting to see how little it has changed in the interim. The addition of the 'proper' lavatories, and a camp office, plus ramps down to the sandy beach have not detracted from the simple beauty...More

1  Thank Hollway
Reviewed 18 April 2018

This is a very unique place and, if the sun is out, the water is unbelievably turquoise and inviting. It reminds us of the Lac De St Croix in the Verdon, France but, is on a much smaller scale. Take a picnic and relax.

1  Thank 3mfs
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

The view is an exotic landscape perfect picture with white sand and almost crystal clear blue waters kai iwi lakes is definitely a place to visit again during the summer, camping availabilities makes it more enjoyable.

Thank Chardalla A
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Awsome family spot .. we easily spend a day here until the sun goes down. Very hard to get the kids out of the water

Thank Gordon G
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Today (Easter Monday) drove to Kai Iwi Lakes.Many families had still not packed up after enjoying a long week end here. It was magic! The lake is shallow (adult knee depth) for some distance off shore.It was busy with everyone from babies to older folk...More

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 6 March 2018

The three lakes are a bit of the beaten path, but certainly worth the detour. Clean toilets are available. The water of the lake is very clear, and it's white sand borders are perfect for small children to play. Unfortunately we didn't have too much...More

Thank RoelR
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

These 3 lakes are a real hidden gem The main lake (Taharoa) is crystal clear and has superb sandy beaches Rimmed with shallow water the kids can splash around in safety At the edge of the rim the water deepens quickly and is great for...More

Thank PSB23
Reviewed 30 January 2018

limited shade so take sun protection. Lake is lovely and so shallow for ages so good for all ages. nice ice cream and snack caravan as well.

Thank Nicole W
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Very nice spot Very nice beach No accommodation Tents only Council run and operated.. Run by council staff which keeps changing so you get different personalities running the grounds. Best white Sandy beach in new zealand.. fresh water lake.. big walk around the beautiful lake....More

Thank Sonny A
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17 April 2017|
Response from Maryon W | Reviewed this property |
Hi Ninder143 The lake is accessible through the pine trees from multiple areas as there are multiple beaches and places to launch boats etc. For accommodation I would check Tripadvisor or AirBnB as there are plenty of... More
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Response from craigevil_morison | Reviewed this property |
Sorry NZChris. About the delay, but yes you can if you want