Lake Wiritoa Whanganui
Swimming, Boating, Picnics and BBQ facilities!
Lake Wiritoa is one of three coastal dune lakes a few minutes south of Whanganui and a major recreation area for the city. It was once known as “Dutch Lagoon”. The Wanganui Water Ski Club regularly uses the lake and host district and regional championships here and so does the Whanganui Multisport Club with dedicated active and passive recreation areas. It’s a wonderful place for a family picnic and outing on a sunny day – water skiing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. You can also take a horse trek with Actifun Riding Stables.
Joanna Margaret Paul, a NZ visual artist, poet and film-maker and long-time Whanganui resident wrote of Lake Wiritoa “the water is ‘beautiful’,’beautiful’”.
Stocked annually with well-conditioned two year old rainbow trout from the Rotorua Hatchery, fishing is easy and the Wanganui Anglers Club run a “Lake Wiritoa Kids Fish Day Out” each year at the end of October. Perch and eels can also be caught. The lake is open for fishing year round with the exception of May and June for duck shooting season and the best time to fish in the summer is said to be the early morning and evenings.
Set amongst 5 hectares of park like grounds with native birds, Scoutlands Lakeside Caravan and Camping Park is open for those looking for a relaxing camping experience and schools and groups can also take advantage of their confidence course and abseiling.
The Araheke Mountain Bike Park is opposite the reserve car park with 3.4km of easy and intermediate trails in young pine forest that also features a seasonal river and farm and lake views. For more information about the park and a further 9.5km of trails around the lakes see Mountain Biking In Whanganui.
Lake Wiritoa is a great place to take the family for a picnic on a sunny day! There are basic BBQ’s – bring your own fire.
The lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout every year, and there is easy fishing, even for the kids!
There is a water ski jump in the lake – boating, canoeing and kayaking are favourites!
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