Kettle Hole Walk

Hakatere Conservation Park

  • 20 min return by the same track
  • Easy

A short walk to a small ephemeral pond.

Lake Heron • By Matthew. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
20 min
Distance
0.7km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Turn off the Hakatere Heron Road at the southern end of Lake Heron and follow the car park access road for about 500m. The walk is marked by a small sign.
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Maps
NZTopo50-BX19
Altitude
720m – 710m
Altitude change -10m

The Lake Heron basin is dotted with kettle holes, small depressions left as glacial ice retreated from the area. Many of these kettle holes dry out and refill throughout the year. Specialised and fragile plant species occupy the depressions. 

Kettle hole • By Matthew. Licence: C.

From the roadside car park, follow the poles up a gentle rise. The landscape is golden tussocks with matagouri and patches of speargrass. A sturdy seat overlooks the kettle hole. A more reliable kettle hole is a little further on. 

Map
ID 13413

About this track

Added 9 September 2014 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
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