Lake Alta

Lake Alta is a an alpine lake situated within The Remarkables Mountain Range above lake Whākatipu. The lake is a glacially formed cirque located within the perimeter of The Remarkables ski field area. The path to the lake is a popular hike and the lake is used for Antarctic diving preparation.


This alpine lake is situated close to Queenstown below Te Kārearea Peak, to the south of The Remarkables Mountain Range. The lake drains to the Kawarau river via the Nevis River.

Lake Hope

Lake Hope is an alpine lake in The Remarkables Mountain Range. The lake drains to Lake Wakatipu via the Wye Creek South Branch.

Sutton Salt Lake

Sutton Salt Lake is New Zealand’s only inland salt lake, with water about half as salty as seawater. Formed in a windy cool-temperate maritime climate, the lake is distinctly different from most of the world’s saline lakes that form in arid continental settings. The site receives c. 500 mm/year rainfall and the surface evaporation rate […]

Lake Dispute

Lake Dispute is a small lake surrounded by steep mountains near Lake Wakatipu’s Queenstown-Glenorchy road. The Lake Dispute water management zone covers an area of 594 hectares (LAWA)

Lake Kirkpatrick

Lake Kirkpatrick is a small lake surrounded by steep mountains near Lake Wakatipu, situated beside the Moke Lake access off road.

Lake Wakatipu / Whakatipu Wai Māori

Whakatipu Wai Māori (Lake Wakatipu) is the second largest of the southern glacial lakes, covering 290 square km. The lake is relatively thin, but the mountains run straight into the lake, forming a deep canyon, 399 meters at its deepest point. At its widest point Lake Wakatipu is five kilometers wide, and the total length […]

Moke Lake / Punamāhaka / Waikāmāhaka

Punamāhaka and Waikāmāhaka are the traditional names for Moke Lake. Both names mean “twin waters” in reference to the peculiar shape of the lake. Moke Lake is a steep montane lake, surrounded by tussock farmland and an adjoining bog. It is an Area of Significant Indigenous Vegetation (QLDC). It is near Queenstown off the Queenstown-Glenorchy […]

Waihora / Lake Waihola

Lake Waihola (Waihora) is situated on the lower Taieri Plain, 30 kilometres south-west of Dunedin and 10 km from the coast. It is part of the Waipori-Waihola wetland complex that covers 2000 hectares. The wetland is regarded as one of the largest and most significant remaining freshwater wetlands in New Zealand and supports a diverse […]

Tomahawk Lagoon (Upper)

Tomahawk Lagoon (Upper) is the eastern lagoon of two shallow brackish water lagoons that are joined by a narrow channel. Together they are known as Tomahawk Lagoon. The Upper drains to the Lower, which then drains to the ocean via a small stream, which is cut off from the ocean at low tide. Several small […]

Tomahawk Lagoon (Lower)

The Tomahawk Lagoon is located on the outskirts of Dunedin, on the south of the Otago Peninsula. The lagoon is noted for its bird life (Wikipedia). Tomahawk Lagoon (Lower) is the western lagoon of two shallow brackish water lagoons, joined by a narrow channel, that make up Tomahawk Lagoon. Tomahawk (Lower) drains to the Pacific […]

Lake Johnson / Waipuna

Waipuna (Lake Johnson) is a small relatively shallow lake near Queenstown in the Queenstown-lakes region of Otago. It has a maximum depth of 27 m, a surface area of 0.2 km² and resides in a small catchment (1.9 km²). It is classified as a glacial lake with no natural in-flowing or out-flowing water; the only […]

Lake Hayes / Waiwhakaata

Waiwhakaata (Lake Hayes) is a 280 hectare lake (31 m maximum depth), that has become eutrophic due to elevated nutrient inputs from its catchment. The Lake Hayes catchment has been used for agriculture since late 1800s, but severe degradation was not observed until the late 1960s, when the bottom waters of the lake became anoxic […]

Alta Tarn

This beautiful alpine lake is situated on Mt Alta to the west of Lake Wanaka.

Lake Lochnagar / Ōtaka

Ōtaka (Lake Lochnagar), also known as Goat Lake, is an alpine lake at an altitude of 1083 m, situated in the Mt Aspiring National Park south/west of Lake Wanaka. The lake is surrounded by steep mountain terrain.