There are many excellent hikes in the area, including a six hour walk to Green Lake. Depending on the time of year, Lake Monowai is also a great place for fishing and hunting. In 1990 the outstanding natural values of the area earned it a place within Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
Close to the lake is Borland Lodge and the beginning of the Borland Nature Walk. This short interpretive walk tells the story of the beech forest.