Lakes District

Four Reasons to Love The Lakes District Area

Lakes District - sailing

BOATING, KAYAKING & YACHTING - if you are looking for a beautiful lake to sail, paddle or motor about on you have found it.  Views are stunning, peace reigns supreme and the trout practically leap into your boat - are you there yet?

Lakes District

LAKESIDE BEAUTY - Imagine... the still beauty of a pristine rainforest lake...the songs of birdlife wafting around you on a gentle breeze... the trout rising magestically. Sounds idyllic doesn't it? You can experience this for yourself at Lake Brunner.

Lakes District - fishing

TROUT FISHING - Trophy fish anyone? One or two for the pan? Some of the finest fishing in the South Island is found in the Lakes District.  Whether you go spinning, or fly fishing, with or without a guide - chances are you won't leave empty handed.

Houseboat Lake Brunner

WALKING & TRAMPING - Get your gators on and head into the wilderness.  There are numerous tracks in the immediate area, and beyond.  Be invigorated - Immerse yourself in the natural wilderness with its' endemic wildlife and flourishing native flora. Step out.

 Lake Brunner, Moana, Jacksons, Otira & Arthurs Pass


Lake and rivers teeming with trout mean you won't even have to lie to your mates about the one that got away. Lake Brunner and the village of Moana boasts the West Coast's largest lake and it is a popular holiday destination for locals in the know - it really is a trout fishing mecca. The world famous Tranz Alpine train stops here and you can play golf, view arts and crafts, sail or go for a swim in the warmer months. There is an abundance of birdlife in the large wetland and rainforest ecosystems.

Lakes District takes in Lake Brunner and its township of Moana, Jackson's and leads onto Otira and Arthurs Pass.


Lake Brunner and Moana

 Lake Brunner, Moana

Lake Brunner, 37km inland from Greymouth, is the largest lake on the West Coast and a favourite playground for locals. The town of Moana sits at the northern end of Lake Brunner and has a range of accommodation and dining options. One place even has its own golf course! There is a pottery studio, a service centre for motoring needs and grocery supplies and a variety of land and water based activities in Moana.

You will find some of the best trout fishing in New Zealand at Lake Brunner. All the trout are wild browns and the average weight is 3-4lbs. The lake is open to fishing all year and the winter months can be very productive. Experienced fishing guides and licenses are available locally.  Moana Train Station

There are many beautiful spots along the lake frontage for picnicing or birdwatching. The Velenski Track gives great views of the lake and is one of the many interesting walks in the Lake Brunner area.

The Tranz Alpine Train stops at Moana and passengers can disembark for a three hour stopover while the train continues to Greymouth.

To experience a bit of the history of Lake Brunner, walk the Bain Bay Track to an historic lakeside logging camp or visit the Maona Rail Precinct, the site of the old station master's residence (now a cafe).


Between Jacksons and Arthurs Pass

 Jacksons, on the way to Arthurs Pass.

40km away from Lake Brunner is Jacksons, which hosts an excellent holiday park and the turn off to Christchurch and Arthurs Pass.

Otira is the next small village along the Arthurs Pass road. It was built to house workers who built the Otira tunnel in 1923. If you fancy owning a small village, including the pub, houses and fire station, Otira is for sale – for offers over $1 million only!

The Otira Viaduct is an impressive scenic stop and engineering feat. The 440 metre viaduct made the highway an all-weather road that is now only closed for brief times to clear snow during the winter months.


The Taipo Valley offers a great scenic mountain bike on a rough farm track.

 The Kea - New Zealand Parrot.

Arthurs Pass is a lovely small alpine village set in the Arthurs Pass National Park. It is a great stopping point to stretch your legs as there are numerous short walks for all abilities. Ask at the DOC information centre for more information. One of the main attractions of the town is the Kea watching. The fun-loving native New Zealand alpine parrot is often seen in the village, especially near the store. Enjoy watching their antics but please do not feed them. There are great short walks in Arthurs Pass including the Devils Punchbowl Walk and Bridal Veil Walk.




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