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A favourite West Coast playground!

Lake Brunner is the largest lake in the region with year-round trout fishing.


Moana, New Zealand

Lake Brunner and Moana

Lake Brunner, 37km inland from Greymouth , is the largest lake on the West Coast and a favourite playground for locals.

The town of Moana sits at the northern end of Lake Brunner and has a range of accommodation and dining options. One place even has its own golf course!

There is a pottery studio, a service centre for motoring needs and grocery supplies and a variety of land and water based activities in Moana.

Trout fishing

You will find some of the best trout fishing in New Zealand at Lake Brunner. All the trout are wild browns and the average weight is 3-4lbs.

The lake is open to fishing all year and the winter months can be very productive. Experienced fishing guides and licenses are available locally.

The TranzAlpine

The TranzAlpine train stops at Moana and passengers can disembark for a three hour stopover while the train continues to Greymouth.


The Velenski Track gives great views of the lake and is one of the many interesting walks in the Lake Brunner area.

To experience a bit of the history of Lake Brunner, walk the Bain Bay Track to an historic lakeside logging camp or visit the Moana Rail Precinct, the site of the old station master's residence (now a cafe).

There is an abundance of birdlife in the large wetland and rainforest ecosystems. There are many beautiful spots along the lake frontage for picnicking or birdwatching.

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Lake Brunner

Moana is a town that sits on the edge of Lake Brunner near Greymouth, West Coast.

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Lake Brunner walks

Walks in the Lake Brunner area on the West Coast.

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