Jess is a Wanderer headed north from Dargaville on New Zealand’s North Island’s west coast. Kai Iwi lakes is a camping, beaching and tramping area made up of three lakes. Perfect for swimming, watersports or sunbathing on the beach – it’s a great summer destination.
Lake Taharoa is the largest – approximately 8km around the perimeter and can be walked in around two hours. Lake Kai Iwi is a lot smaller and there’s also a trail that can be followed. The two are connected by a narrow channel. Lake Waikere is the third lake that can be visited. For more info see the official lakes website.
I enjoyed strolling around the lake and seeing all the beautiful views. It was a hot day but plenty of shade was provided from the bush. Definitely make sure you take enough water. If you’re organised – and not like me – you can also take your swimmers and stop half way for a dip.
Here are the pics from one of the most beautiful places I’ve found on the North Island so far.