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Lake Wairarapa

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Address: Featherston, New Zealand
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Meh.....Looking For Camping Spot

Travelling through NZ in our van rental. Thought this would be a great camp spot along our journey, but it was almost to quiet in that there wasn't anything to do other than lay... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2016
Daniel M
Seattle, Washington
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Tutukaka, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We drove out with our young ones, thinking there would be a place with picnic spots a jetty and a park or something, but there isn't. Just worth a trip for a quiet, scenic drive.

Thank KiwisonaJourney
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I am a photographer and I love the outdoors, there are plenty of walks, reserves, places to fish, picnic areas and a camp ground. A good number of bird species call the lake home, so if you are into bird watching, photography or just like spending time in the great outdoors I think the Lake Wairarapa has a lot to... More 

Thank Elayne R
La Spezia, Italy
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44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Wairarapa Moana is a wonderful adventure playground. A huge range of reserves, picnic areas, bird watching areas and fishing spots. Great for family groups and tourists. A must see for locals and visitors.

Thank adeejay
Seattle, Washington
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100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2016

Travelling through NZ in our van rental. Thought this would be a great camp spot along our journey, but it was almost to quiet in that there wasn't anything to do other than lay around. No paths to walk. Not much of scenery. Kind of flat land for miles. Huge water reservoir. There's a big parking area with some trees... More 

Thank Daniel M
San Diego, California
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281 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

Just a quiet peaceful beautiful countryside/lakeside drive.... not much else. Some places to stop for picnics but nothing to buy along the way so be prepared!

Thank PickyDianne
Sydney, Australia
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2015

If your looking for a great day trip from Wellington then this one is highly recommended. Travelling on Route 2 from Wellington its not long before the city is left behind. The road through the Rimutaka Mountains is spectacular. It is also the location where Rivendell was filmed in the movie "Lord of the Rings". This is a great place... More 

1 Thank FredSG
Wellington, New Zealand
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59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

Lake Wairarapa is a large lake nestling under the Rimutuka hills and is very picturesque particularly at sunset. Best place to see it is from 1 S Soldiers Settlement Rd, Lake Reserve 5771 just a 10 min drive south of Featherston. Well worth the drive.

Thank TrevorFJ
Levin, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Having kayaked on this lake I found it to be very shallow and strong winds can rip throuh there from the hills. As there is mainly farmland and very little bush around the Lake it is not as interesting as some other lakes but the preservation of the Wetlands had encouraged the wildlife which is lovely to see.

Thank JenniferTayl0r
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

A very quiet place with spectacular sunsets over Rimutakas range in Wairarapa. There are swans and native birds nesting around the lake. It's one of our favourite place.

Thank TeodoraMt
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

This is the first time I have ever been disappointed with the views in New Zealand. The Wairarap Lake is murky and unattractive with no hills or pretty scenery around it. We arrived with a picnic and planned a nice walk, but there is nowhere really nice to park, and no trails for walking. There are apparently some bird hides,... More 

2 Thank Gillian B

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