Lake Roto Kohatu
Within the city of Christchurch is Lake Roto Kohatu, a popular place for picnics, dragon-boat races, swimming and kayaking. Only 16km (10mi) from the city centre, this reserve comprises two freshwater lakes, Tahi and Rua. Lake Tahi is for Canterbury Jet Club members only, but Lake Rua is managed by the Christchurch City Council and is open to the public. Walk around both bodies of water along the Lake Circuit Walk, which is about 2km (1.2mi) long.