Rivers & lakes

Waikato Regional Council
Department of Conservation


We have a number of rivers and lakes throughout the district that are managed by either the Waikato District Council or the Department of Conservation. 

 Use our interactive map to locate these

Waikato District Council managed lakes

Horsham Downs and Rotokauri

Lake Kainui and Lake Rotokauri are peat lakes that provide recreational opportunities and also have important ecological values.

  • Lake Kainui is located in Horsham Downs and is available for fishing, hunting, and some on-water recreational activities. Access key is $120.00 per season (October-May) - $21.00 refundable on return of key.
  • Lake Rotokauri is a popular venue for walking and other passive activities, such as picnicking. Lake Rotokauri brochure


Huntly contains three Council managed lakes, which can be used for recreational activities.

  • Lake Puketirini is a newly formed lake that has been developed from a disused coal-mined pit, and is now part of Puketirini, a Waikato District Council owned park. Lake Puketirini is available for activities such as kayaking, waka ama, boating, and water-skiing. Walking and cycling around the lake are also popular recreational activities. This lake has very good water quality. Recreational boating - access key $100.00 per season (October-May) - $21.00 refundable on return of key.
  • Lake Waahi is popular for boating activities and picnicking.
  • Lake Hakanoa is often used for fishing and walking.

For information about non-Council managed lakes contact the Department of Conservation and for information regarding the management of lakes within the Waikato region contact the Waikato Regional Council.