Lake Monowai (Not Manowai)

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Lake Monowai (Not Manowai)
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand6,379 contributions
Pretty lake with a dam
Feb 2021 • Couples
Nice place for walk or picnic, or if you have a boat go cruise around the lake. Take sandfly repellent as there are quite a few of the vampires there sucking your blood.
Enjoy the quietness of the surrounding beech forest or the rush of the water through the dam lock gates.
Worth a visit if you’re that far south.
Written 28 February 2021
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habanachooky
Mackay, Australia576 contributions
Peace and serenity
Feb 2019 • Couples
This lake is well worth the 14klms of the main rd. Plenty of bush walks and areas for a bbq at the parking area. We did the lookout walk taking about half an hour return. The moss covered paths trees etc is simply stunning. Plenty of birdlife and not over populated with tourists.
Written 21 February 2019
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LarissaMariexo
Invercargill, New Zealand83 contributions
Better than expected
Aug 2017 • Friends
Bring dimp/sand fly repellent, a camera, and some food and water.

A bit of a drive off the main road, but you cannot deny the beauty of Lake Monowai. The lake is popular with local fishing and boating enthusiasts, and one can really see why. There is plenty of parking as well as enough walking tracks to keep one occupied for a while.

A great place for a picnic, as well as a way to keep the kids entertained and get them tired out for the rest of the trip. There is a dam that visitors can have a look at and walk over as well as stunning forestry, wildlife, and scenery.
Written 19 August 2017
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel29,410 contributions
A lovely lake, a bit out of the way.
Apr 2017 • Couples
We made a detour and visited the lake on our way to Te Anau, and despite the road being OK, it was a rather long drive.
The lake itself was very serene, with almost no visitors at all.
The water was a strange hue of murky green and I wouldn't necessarily feel comfortable swimming in the lake.
There's a short walking path to a peninsula in the lake, which is a nice 30 minutes return stroll.
Written 28 April 2017
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oldcobbler71
Greymouth, New Zealand78 contributions
Certainly out of the way
Jan 2016 • Couples
Not quite the furtherest West you can go. But it is the easiest of access. There is a camping space at the end of the road. But there is no facilities, shops or fuel stations within 60km's. It is a good example of a remote experience
Written 28 December 2016
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trish
Irvine, CA783 contributions
Serene wilderness lake
Oct 2016 • Solo
Tranquil, serene and remote best describes this gem. Great if you have a boat for lake fishing and camping. Wonderful for adventure campers and hikers. The southern beach trees have formed a soft carpet with years of fallen leaves on the bush floor. There are wonderful hikes and camping spots for those that come well equipped. Contact the New Zealand government DOC (Department of Conservation) prior for reservations in DOC trampers huts on hiking paths or for adventure camping. This is an outdoor wonderland to the nature enthusiast.
Driving in the access road is gravel and should be driven slowly especially when meeting on coming cars as rocks fly and chances of windshield breaks are high.
Nature speaks.
Written 20 October 2016
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Shazster
Christchurch, New Zealand209 contributions
Pretty, but probably not worth the effort
Jun 2015 • Couples
longish unsealed drive to lake and hydroelectric scheme. A pretty spot for lunch or a leg stretch, but unless you plan to hike, fish or similar probably not worth the time to drive there and back.
Written 18 May 2016
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,163 contributions
Only worth a detour for outdoor sports or challenging hiking
Oct 2013 • Couples
This Lake which is the site of one of the earliest hydro electric schemes in New Zealand, is located about 25 km north of Clifden on the Southern Scenic Route and signposted at the turnoff for Lake Monowai Road. This road is approximately 14km long and 8km of these are unsealed so unless you’re a rally driver you should allow about 30 minutes each way - the return is by the same route. The journey is mainly through rural countryside with some forest.

At the car park there is a display board which indicates numerous treks which are available in the area - from 30 minute short walks to 6 hour hikes. The area also appears to be popular for fishing and hunting (we found the foot of a deer in the car park!). There are basic toilets here too.

We just stretched our legs by walking along to the Peninsula Lookout path. This crosses the dam at the end of the lake which channels water from it through part of the hydro electric system apparently established here in the 1920’s. It’s all very low-key with a nice outlook to the section of the lake which is visible here. To fully appreciate the area you would need to spend more time hiking for example - there is a lodge a short distance back from the lake down another unsealed road which is only suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles.

If you’re only looking for a side-track from the Southern Scenic Route it’s not really worth the detour.
Written 23 April 2014
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