Lake Rere

Lake Rere Loop Track, near Kinloch NZ

Difficulty: MODERATE 

Time: 4-5 hours (loop)

Lake Rere, nestled just 12 kilometers from Kinloch, beckons adventure seekers with its captivating circular route. This fantastic and diverse trail offers a moderate challenge, perfect for those seeking a memorable day in the great outdoors. 

Lake Rere is a moderate-rated trail, typically taking 4 to 5 hours to complete as a loop. To make the most of your experience, it is recommended to take the loop in a clockwise direction.

Starting Point: Greenstone Car Park

Your adventure begins at the Greenstone car park, conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Kinloch, where you follow the signs to Elfin Bay. Setting off from here, you’ll soon encounter a bridge across the stunning Caples River. Follow the marked signs through Greenstone Station’s open paddocks, offering a pleasant hour-long stroll to the crystal-clear waters of Elfin Bay. The shimmering bay, known for its pristine clarity, is a picture perfect first stop on your hike.

Traversing Red Beech Forest up to Lake Rere

Continuing on, follow a gentle climb through the awe-inspiring red beech forest. It’s not long before you reach the picturesque Lake Rere, aptly named for its running waters. In the late 19th century, this lake was a sought-after tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. Bring along a picnic and enjoy lunch on the shores of the lake, surrounded by breathtaking mirror reflections that make for perfect photo opportunities. 

Take in the melodious calls of native birds like the Korimakos (Bell Birds), Piwakawakas (Fantails), and South Island Robins. Fishing enthusiasts will also be delighted to know that Lake Rere is home to a small number of well-conditioned brown trout, renowned for their spectacular golden-brown coloration patterns.

Enchanting Pockets of Nature

The journey continues with pockets of mountain beech and expansive grasslands that lead you to a second bridge and a brief climb. Here, you’ll merge with the Greenstone Track for the second half of your hike, offering yet another dimension to your adventure. 

Packed lunches are available to order from Kinloch Wilderness Retreat, or stop at Akin in Glenorchy to pick up a roll before you go!

For a more detailed description of the Lake Rere track, including trail maps and additional information, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Lake and snow topped mountain