The TOP 10 things to do out at The Lakes

There's plenty to do out at The Lakes, and we've put together a list of the top 10 activities we recommend to keep active and entertained over the spring and summer.

So get out, enjoy the sunshine, and we'll see you there!
Top 10 things to do at The Lakes this summer

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 1 - Walkways


The walkways throughout The Lakes get a good, regular workout – they are popular amongst many. Little wonder. There’s the option of meandering lake-side along various paths, or along the streets where there’s plenty to see in this constantly evolving lifestyle subdivision.

Three and five km trail distances have even been marked out, for those taking note of distance, or wanting to break out into a jog!

View the recreational trail maps

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 2 - Cycleways


New Zealand is becoming increasingly focused on the provision of cycleways, and at The Lakes we’re right up with the play. Cycleways were on the planning board from day one, and what a wise choice that has been.

The Lakes includes 20 kilometres of cycleways, walkways and footpaths. There’s even a recreational trail map available to assist in navigating around this picturesque subdivision.

View the recreational trail maps

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 3 - Walk the dog

Walk the dog

The Lakes is a destination dog walking environment, enjoyable for dog owners and their pooches. Built around man-made parks and lakes, The Lakes offers a perfect opportunity for walking dogs off the city streets with various trails to sniff out.

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 4 - Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Kayaking/Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

The Lakes lifestyle enables you to play where you live and live where you play, and the ability to enjoy water sports here is a case in point. A focal point of the subdivision is the 10 hectare freshwater lake which isn’t just there to look at, it’s there for play too!

It’s perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding, offering a confined environment with no tides to contend with.  A structured landing is situated at each end of Lake Taurikura, as well as a jetty (which is popular with the local remote-controlled yachting club.)

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 5 - Shops & Cafes


It was always intended that The Lakes would include a café and shopping hub, and The Lakes Shopping Village has proven very popular with locals since opening earlier this year.

On offer is a Four Square and a hugely popular café/restaurant/ bar (Maude) as well as other international food outlets and a gluten-free fish ‘n’ chip shop.

Learn more about The Lakes Shopping Village

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 6 - Playgrounds


Smiley faces represent playgrounds on The Lakes recreational map. It’s appropriate as, at The Lakes there are a variety of wonderful playgrounds to delight the littlies (and please their minders).

The Lakes prides itself on being a family-friendly environment and therefore playgrounds are dotted throughout, including one alongside the shopping village which includes a mini flying fox!

Find out where your closest playground is

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 7 - Showhome Trail

Showhome Trail

Trying to solve the new home dilemma? It’s hard to think of a better place to head than The lakes where a plethora of showhome companies can be found.

More than 20 Showhome builders call The Lakes home, and each have house and land packages available.

Download the latest showhome guide

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 8 - Tiki tour

Tiki Tour

Put your car on auto pilot, programming in “best place for a leisurely drive” and chances are you will end up at The Lakes. That’s a futuristic take on the reality of today.

Discover how this vibrant community is evolving, with new sections and houses constantly being developed. There’s both natural and architectural beauty to be admired and it’s interesting to observe how residents are loving and living the lifestyle The Lakes offers.

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 9 - Picnic

Have A Picnic

The Lakes has been built with the community in mind, and that includes the ability to find and enjoy some lovely picnic spots. Designed around environmental elements, The Lakes includes around 200,000 plants and trees, planted since 2008.

So, if parks, lakes and native planting are your thing, then look no further for a place to picnic.

Top 10 Things to do at The Lakes - Number 10 - Orienteering


Set your compass for The Lakes and come and enjoy a charming orienteering experience. There are three different course options, with the shortest perfect for a leisurely stroll around the Lakes with the little ones. Medium and long courses are also available  – with something on offer to suit everyone.

Visit The Lakes Sales and Information Centre (on Caslani Lane) to grab a map , or click here to download one yourself.



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