The Kai Iwi Lakes are located just south of the Waipoua Forest and around 35kms north of Dargaville in Northland and close to the wild west coast, there are actually three lakes, Lake Taharoa the largest lake, Lake Kaiiwi and Lake Waikere all three lakes are accessible from the Kai iwi lakes road.
The lakes are popular in the summer months with the water skiing community, Lake Taharoa boosts two camping grounds the largest is at Pine Beach located at the end of Domain road and runs along the lake shore to a fantastic white sand beach the camp ground can accommodate around 400 campers, the other camp ground is located at Promenade Point and is much smaller than Pine Beach camp ground and can accommodate around 100 people, bookings are required all year round and there is no freedom camping permitted at all with in the Kai iwi lakes area.
The lakes are also a popular trout fishing destination for the far north and are stoked regularly with rainbow trout, this is as north that you will find rainbow trout in New Zealand, the water in the lakes are crystal clear and free from sediments making the place ideal for a trout fishery. the lake level rises and falls depending on the season as they are not feed by any rivers entering the lakes only rainfall.
Pine Beach Camp ground Facilities
- Hot water showers.
- Flush toilets.
- No kitchen facilities.
- Powered and non-powered sites. There are a limited number of powered sites.
- Ice available from office.
- Small shop onsite - bread, milk, takeaways, cold drinks (open peak times).
- Internet WiFi
Promenade Point Facilities
This camp ground is smaller than Pine Beach and only has room for around 100 people, no dogs or cats are allowed at any of the three lakes or camp sites as the area is a reserve for wildlife, the lakes are safe for swimming as the water is shallow around the edges, however there is a drop off into deep water not far from the shore line, there is a small shop located at the lakes, other wise shopping will need to be back at Dargaville
- Flush toilets.
- Fresh drinking water.
- No electricity.