If you are wanting a peaceful walk with beautiful scenery and don’t mind getting your shoes a little muddy, Lake D (also named Lake Kainui) is well worth checking out! On Lake Road in Horsham Downs (just out of Hamilton and close to both Gordonton and Taupiri), this is generally a peaceful walk with lots of great views across the lake and neighbouring farmland.
A 3.3km mainly grass track (approx 1 hour walking time if you’re just cruising) circles the lake, heading through a variety of different trees. It’s an on-lead walk, with lots of bird life around to be aware of. We were there on a lovely October morning and had the whole place to ourselves – not another person in sight! The track was quite muddy in sections so take suitable footwear that is waterproof or that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. The lake is popular with boaties in summer and duck hunters in duck hunting season so be aware of this if you’re heading out during those times.
There are many picnic tables around the lake front, with easy access to the water for your dog to have a swim. It is an on-lead area, so a long line or bit of rope is always useful if you want to let them go a bit further into the water.
In addition to the bird life, the track is surrounded by farmland with cows and deer grazing nearby. On lead only.
Car parking – a good size gravel car park. Good driveway, suitable for all cars.
Bins – No, take all rubbish away with you.
Other – Can be muddy so choose your footwear with this in mind. The track is a bit overgrown in places with long grass, not suitable for prams. May be busy in summer with boaties, and duck hunting season attracts the hunters.