Where the Tasman Sea meets ancient rainforest
Lake Moeraki is just 25 minutes drive north of Haast on the Glacier Highway and is bordered by rainforests and tree ferns. Lake Moeraki is surrounded by lowland and wetland rainforest and is adjacent to remote beaches where you will find seals and penguins.
Moeraki Lake PenguinsThe Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge runs guided nature tours, year round, that introduce the visitor to the flora and fauna of South Westland.
There is also a local population of up to 1000 New Zealand fur seals in the area, and this is the only place in the country where seals can be found resting on sand rather than rocks.
Canoeing or kayaking is possible on Lake Moeraki and guided walks are available to see the glow worms after dark.
Tongariro National ParkThe seacoast walking route passes along one of the wildest and most dynamic and beautiful sections of the Moeraki coastline. It is only possible to traverse the shore during low tide, but the spectacular views and sense of true wilderness – on pristine beaches and removed from other human contact – are a rewarding experience.