Visitors to Northland's popular Kai Iwi Lakes are set to enjoy new toilet block as well as a campervan dump station after approved funding from the Government.

Work is due to start in the next month on a new toilet block at Lake Waikare and a dump station for caravans at Pine Beach.

The new facilities will be built at a cost of $140,500, with $90,500 from MBIE, that was initially applied for through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, but was since moved into the Provincial Development Unit, and the rest from the council.

The lakes are an increasingly popular destination, and the Kaipara District Council said it was thrilled the additional funding would allow the project to get under way and to better meet the needs of visitors.


Lake Waikare on the other side of the Domain from Pine Beach is becoming an increasingly popular location for events.

Well frequented by motorhomes and campervans, along with its swimming pontoon and newly installed picnic tables, Lake Waikare is an ideal location for additional toilets and Pine Beach ideal for the campervan facilities.

Over the last two years, Kaipara District Council has invested in walking and cycling tracks around the lakes, with ongoing improvements planned, thus giving visitors and locals even more reason to enjoy this beautiful part of Kaipara.

Kai Iwi Lakes offers a series of deep, fresh water dune lakes located in the Taharoa Domain, an extensive recreational reserve, and is described as Kaipara's very own "hidden gem" on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway map promoted by Northland Inc.

Work due to start in the next month, and the new facilities ready to go when the grounds reopen next season.