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Lake Brunner, Moana

Lake Brunner, Moana

Lake Brunner, Moana

Natural Reflections. Nature reigns supreme over this peaceful lakeside resort shrouded by virgin bush and alpine peaks perfectly mirrored in the pristine waters.

Lake Brunner, Moana

The largest lake on the West Coast, next to the Moana township, is highly prized by Tangata Whenua and a mecca for year-round trout fishing. Some of our best days are in winter with crisp, clear days and uninterrupted views of the Southern Alps. Take your pick from a range of water activities – jet boating to yachting, swimming to kayaking, paddle boarding to just taking time to unwind the lake provides opportunities for all.

Famous for: Brown trout that die of old age.

When to come: Year round, book ahead in Summer if staying in a bach.

What you will experience: A lake that's awesome for jet boating, yachting, paddle boarding and fishing for brown trout.

Pack: Your togs (swimsuit), towel and sunscreen.

Locals tip: The TranzAlpine train stops at the lake side in Moana an dis a nice alternative to board the train to Christchurch a little later in the day.

Fun fact: Moana has a fascinating history

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Lake Brunner

A favourite West Coast playground. Lake Brunner is the largest lake in the region with year-round trout fishing.

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The main entrance


Lake Brunner Lodge

Hidden on the southern shore of Lake Brunner, fringed by some of the oldest protected podocarp rainforest in the world, Lake Brunner Lodge is a classic wilderness retreat powered by it's own waterfall.

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Grey District


Brunner Mine Memorial Site

New Zealands' worst mining distaster happened on 26 March 1896 at Brunner on the West Coast, killing 65 men.

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Trout fishing on Lake Brunner

Freshwater fishing

If you're after a chance to fish for wild trout, the lakes of the West Coast are perfect for you. Take a leisurely paced journey through the West Coast, visiting lakes as you make your way down south from Lake Brunner through to Haast. Many of the rivers support trout populations and sea-run salmon turn up in local lakes and rivers from January.

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