If you are looking for
a piece of New Zealand paradise, you’ll
find it at Lake Brunner.
Maybe you want to just
relax, soaking up the breathtaking majesty
of the surrounding Southern Alps, and breathing
in the pure atmosphere of native forests
or maybe you’d prefer something more
wet and wild, Lake Brunner has it all.
Tucked away on the northern
shores of Lake Brunner, the township of
Moana is the ideal base for your West Coast
holiday. The town is 37 kilometres from
Greymouth and only a 2 hours and 15 minutes
drive from Christchurch over the new viaduct,
1 hour from Hokitika airport, 3.5 hours
from Franz Josef Glacier and 30 minutes
from Greymouth. Moana is served by both
the TranzAlpine scenic train and a daily
shuttle bus service to and from Christchurch.
Travellers on the TranzAlpine
can stop off for three hours while the train
travels onto Greymouth or stay overnight
and enjoy all that Moana has to offer.
There are a number of walks
and tracks, riverbeds to scout for those
elusive gems, canoe hire, local fishing
guides and boat, Catamaran Charters, Houseboat
cruisers, swimming beaches. There are also
numerous reserves, State Forests and National
parks all within an hours drive of Moana.
Some of the not to be missed sights are
the Pancake Rocks at Punakai in the Paparoa
National Park, a trip to Shanty Town, a
gold mining museum and further south the
Franz Joseph glacier. Skiing is available
with a wakeboard instruction who also does
boat cruisers around the lake.
Named after the early explorer
Thomas Brunner in 1848, Lake Brunner offers
all sorts of water sports from canoeing
and kayaking to yachting and powerboating.
But if you don’t feel like moving
far or doing anything too energetic take
advantage of some of the country’s
best fishing. Lake Brunner and its surrounding
rivers and streams are fishable all year
round have some of the best brown trout
fishing in the South Island. The main season
ends 30 April and reopens 1 October each
Declared a world Heritage
area by UNESCO, the West Coast is truly
unique and features some of New Zealand’s
most unspoilt natural wilderness.