Kai Iwi Lakes tracks get upgrade
Campers and day trippers wanting to view the Kai Iwi lakes from a different perspective, or exercise off culinary excesses, have a growing number of walking options.
Domain ranger Dave Bolland has been improving and extending tracks around Lake Kai Iwi and Lake Taharoa.
People can now spend 40 scenic minutes circumnavigating Lake Kai Iwi or about two hours around the shore of Taharoa, with almost no road walking.
In addition, a high level track behind Pine Beach requires more energy but offers panoramic views, and Mr Bolland plans to extend this around Lake Taharoa to the Sin Bin.
"This will give great views over the lakes and up the coast to the Maunganui Bluff," he says.
Mr Bolland has done the work with the goal of providing a good track while "keeping things as natural as possible".
"I estimate about 70 per cent of the people who come here do a walk," he says. "Overseas visitors, particularly, seem to want to get out and see things on foot."
Dargaville Tramping Group co-ordinator Lynley Thompson was impressed after a recent walk.
"It's very walkable and I'd recommend it to anyone," she says.
The walk from the Lakes to Ripiro Beach has recently been upgraded by the Conservation Department.