Lake Hāwea

Lake Hāwea stretches 35 kilometres from north to south. It lies in a glacial valley formed during the last ice age, and is fed by the Hunter River. Nearby Lake Wānaka lies in a parallel glacial valley eight kilometres to the west. At their closest point, a rocky ridge called The Neck, the lakes are […]

Te Ana-au / Lake Te Anau

Lake Te Ana-au (Te Anau) lies in the south west of South Island New Zealand ( The lake is the largest in the South Island, and second only to Lake Taupō in the North Island. With the surface of the lake at an altitude of 210 m and a depth of over 410m at its […]

Moturau / Lake Manapōuri

Moturau is the correct Māori name for Lake Manapōuri. Manapōuri is the name for Shallow Bay in the eastern part of the lake. The name Manapōuri has been incorrectly applied to the entire lake ( was formed by deep cutting glaciers during the last Holocene. At 444m deep it is New Zealand’s second deepest lake. […]

Lake Wānaka

Lake Wānaka, New Zealand’s fourth-largest lake, lies in a u-shaped valley formed by glacial erosion during the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago. It is fed by the Mātukituki and Makarora Rivers and is the source of the Clutha River / Mata-Au, whose outflow is close to Wānaka township on the southern shore. […]

Lake Ōhau

Lake Ōhau is a glacial lake in Te Manahuna (the Mackenzie Basin), fed by Te Awa Aruhe (Hopkins River) and Ōtaao (Dobson River). The lake’s water quality is very good and the ecological condition is excellent ( The lake is surrounded by tussock land that suffers from grazing by introduced himalayan thar. Lake Ōhau Alpine […]

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki is a large glacial fed lake located between Tekapo and Twizel. Aoraki / Mount Cook towers above the northern end of the lake and on a clear day can be seen 70 kilometres away from the southern shore of the lake.Lake Pukaki formed when the terminal moraines of receding glaciers blocked the valley, […]

Takapō / Lake Tekapo

Takapō (Lake Tekapo) is a large glacial fed lake located near the Lake Tekapo township on the north edge of Te Manahuna (Mackenzie Basin). The lake is surrounded by tall peaks and hills with the Godley and Macauley rivers flowing into the northern end of Takapō, from the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo Regional Park, is […]

Lake Tennyson

Lake Tennyson is a lake dammed by glacial moraine, located in the Canterbury high country between Molesworth Recreation Reserve and St James Conservation Areas. The lake is within the headwaters of the Clarence River, with the river flowing through the lake. St James Range lies to the west and the Crimea Range to the east. […]

Whakamatau / Lake Coleridge

The glacially carved Whakamatau (Lake Coleridge) is located north of the Rakaia River in the Canterbury high country. Whakamatau was an important place to rest and replenish supplies (mahinga kai) for Ngai Tahu who gathered kakapo, weka, and tuna here, on route to the West Coast ( Coleridge was the first government-built Hydro Electric Power […]


L53683 is an alpine lake situated between the Remarkables and the Hector Montain ranges to the east of Lake Wakatipu. The lake drains to the Kawarau River via Schoolhouse Creek and the Nevis River.

Skeleton Lake

The Skeleton Lakes are a pair of alpine lakes in the Garvie Mountains in the Southland Region of New Zealand.  The upper lake (main image above) drains to the lower lake (images below) via a short stream.  Samples and cores were taken from the lower Skeleton Lake.

Lake Gow

Lake Gow is an alpine lake set within a glacially formed cirque below a predominant rock headwall formation in the Garvie Mountain Range. It is fed by Lake Laura and is home to many endemic alpine flora. The lake has a small island called Mervyn Island.

Blue Lake

Blue Lake is a remote alpine lake in the Garvie Mountains, in the Southland Region of New Zealand.

Diamond Lake

Diamond Lake is nestled under the eastern flanks of Mt Alfred, some 17 miles north of Glenorchy, on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park. Diamond Lake Wildlife Management Reserve was established in 1981 to recognise the area’s superb wildlife and fisheries values. The lake is a popular camping and fishing spot. The western shore […]

Lake MacKenzie

Lake Mackenzie is a sub-alpine lake on the Routeburn Track (one of New Zealand’s Great Walks). The lake is located in Fiordland National Park.