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Pristine Water

What an amazing experience this was. I would love to return with children to the main lake as it... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Definitely worth the detour off Highway 12

If you’re driving along Highway 12 between Dargaville and Waipoua Forest on the west coast, it’s... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Kai Iwi Lakes Road, Dargaville, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What an amazing experience this was. I would love to return with children to the main lake as it is such a safe, clean lake to bathe in and the first few hundred metres is very shallow for the young ones. It is also very...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank bjandco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you’re driving along Highway 12 between Dargaville and Waipoua Forest on the west coast, it’s definitely worth the 20 km detour (there and back off the main road) to swim in these beautiful lakes. Some of the clearest water you’re going to find anywhere...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank OutThere-Kiwi
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Absolutely beautiful, Water is very clear. Native bush surrounding the lake with lots of Birdlife for those who like Bird Watching, Would fully recommend Best place for a good summer swim.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lucianboakes
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful natural lake for swimming , trout fishing ,sunbathing or just relaxing in the environment.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KevinS9303
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Stayed at the camping gound one night in our Britz camper. Excellent facilities and hardly any campers. Some sites were boggy ask where sites aren't too water logged. Night sky is amazing very clear. Well worth the stay heavily booked in Summer.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Martin H
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Stopped for a quick swim on a really hot day during a Northland roadie. Beautiful clear blue water, plenty of quiet spots and beaches.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank diver201
Reviewed 18 July 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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7 October 2018|
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Response from OutThere-Kiwi | Reviewed this property |
You definitely want to stay at Pine Beach as there are no showers or powered sites at Promenade Point. The views at Pine Beach are much the same for both powered and non-powered campsites.
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
28 December 2016|
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Response from craigevil_morison | Reviewed this property |
Sorry NZChris. About the delay, but yes you can if you want