Lake Opouahi

Access – SH5 turn left at Tutira Store, and drive 11km/15 mins on Matahourua Road then Pohoukura Road (heading to Boundary Stream), to signposted entrance to lake on right.

This tiny lake is home to a huge project. The 6.27 ha lake and bush are surrounded by 3.2km of predator proof fencing as this is the base for the ECOED Kiwi programme. Kiwi chicks are raised here until large and strong enough to survive predators in the wild; they are returned to the Kaweka Ranges or taken to Cape Sanctuary at Cape Kidnappers.

A 30 minute loop walk takes you around the lake through regenerating bush, full of birds. facilities include carparking, picnic shelter and toilets.