Lake Emma

Lake Camp - Lake Emma Walk

Mountain Biking on Lake Emma - Mid Canterbury

About Lake Emma

Walk or mountain bike to the historic Lake Emma Hut (overnight stays are not allowed) and then on to Lake Camp (Ōtautari). The two-room hut at Lake Emma, with its tack shed and verandah, was built between the late 1860s and 1890. It sits by the lake shore and is a lovely spot for a breather or lunch.

During the summer, there is weather-dependent 4WD  access to Lake Emma Hut; this makes it easier for picnicking, fishing or those who are less mobile.A boat launching site at the northern end of the lake makes exploring the lake by kayak very easy.


For more information please view more information about the Hakatere Conservation Park supplied by the Department ofConservation.




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Lake Emma and Lake Camp are on Hakatere Potts Road, about 28 km west of Mount Somers. Leave Mount Somers on Ashburton Gorge Road, which becomes Hakatere Potts Road.