Nowell's Lakes Walkway
Nowell’s Lakes are two beautiful ground fed freshwater lakes enwrapped in the coastal sand dune belt (covering 7 hectares). This short, yet pleasant walk (approximately 20 minutes) leads you through farmland that has been planted in native trees by local schools and community groups to Nowell’s Lakes. There is also another walk leading you towards the coast. The walks are well signposted and have seats dotted along the way for those needing to rest.
Type of pathway: walking track
Grade of walk/ride: Moderate
Time to complete: 45mins
Description/history: Starting at the end of Rifle Range Road, just south of Hāwera, this short but pleasant walk through a gully (once a third lake) leads you through farmland that has been planted in native trees by local schools, to Nowell’s Lakes. The lake area consists of two freshwater lakes entrapped in the coastal sand dune belt. Both lakes are ground-fed and the water is pristine, providing a clean habitat for a variety of fish. The four walks are well signposted and have seats and picnic tables dotted along the way, while a toilet is available by the lake.
Points of interest: Thousands of swan plants have been planted throughout the walkway so between February and April, swarms of caterpillars and clouds of Monarch butterflies can be seen everywhere. You can also explore a secondary walk which leads you towards the coast.
Dangers/warnings/things to be aware of: May be wet areas in during winter.
Type of footwear required: sturdy walking shoes
Accessibility: walkers, dogs on lead
How to get there: Rifle Range Rd, off Manawapou Rd, Hāwera
Other contributors: Nowell's Lakes Walkway Trust