Walking in Paradise
When our TranzAlpine train meets the edge of Lake Brunner, you'll enter a picturesque paradise that is simply perfect for walking and hiking.
With pristine lakeside paths, stunning forest walks, sensational river trails, and spectacular hills providing immense views, there is a walk for every ability, from a short and easy hour, to a full day of glorious outdoors.
Easy Moana Walks
You don't need to go far to enjoy a beautiful walk in Moana—especially if you are staying at Hotel Lake Brunner in the centre of town overlooking the lake.
From Ahau Street, simply walk towards the Arnold River. After crossing the railway bridge, under which the TranzAlpine train runs on its way between Christchurch and Greymouth, you'll see a sign for the directing you to the suspension bridge. On the far side you'll find a network of bush walks, or you can simply walk along the beach around the lake.
Whichever you choose, you'll find a few hours of blissful walking amidst stunning scenery!
For a gentle stroll amidst some seriously amazing scenery, Iveagh Bay is the perfect destination.
A wooden pier provides the perfect launch for jumping into the lake, so bring your bathing attire for an unforgettable swim in paradise. There are sandy beaches to lounge on while you dry off, and a campsite with amenities and changing facilities.
Iveagh Bay is about 7km around the lake from Moana. It is also the start point for the Ara o Te Kinga Track making a great spot to cool off and relax after a long and beautiful walk.
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You'll need landowner permission from R.W. Burgess (phone +64 3 738 0177) to walk this trail, but it is well worthwhile.
The Crooked Hike follows the Crooked River up into the Southern Alps. You'll reach the Jacko Flat Hut after around 6 hours and the Crooked Top Hut in around hours. The trail is and is very rough and steep in places, but passes spectacular gorges and rapids, intermingled with deep, blue pools of still water.
How to get to the Lake Brunner walks
You can travel on the world-famous TranzAlpine train to Moana as part of one of our packages or tours, or simply book the train from Christchurch or Greymouth as a day excursion.
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