Lake Kaniere is located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It lies 30 kilometres southeast of Hokitika, and drains into the Tasman Sea via the Kaniere and Hokitika rivers. At 22 km2 (8.5 sq mi), it is second only to Lake Brunner in size among the West Coast’s lakes. Mount Graham is on the west coast of the lake.
A small hydroelectric station is located on the Kaniere River, close to the lake’s outflow.
Lake Kaniere is a popular location for leisure activities such as boating, fishing, picnicking, and water skiing.