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 […]
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 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 (www.lawa.org.nz). The lake is surrounded by tussock land that suffers from grazing by introduced himalayan thar. Lake Ōhau Alpine […]
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 […]
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.
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 is a sub-alpine lake on the Routeburn Track (one of New Zealand’s Great Walks). The lake is located in Fiordland National Park.
Lake Harris is a small alpine lake near the Harris Saddle on the Routeburn Track (one of New Zealand’s Great Walks) in Mt Aspiring National Park. The lake is feed by lake Wilson to the North, and drains to the Glenorchy end of Lake Wakatipu via the Routeburn River.
Dukes Tarn is close to Lake Luna in the Richardson Mountains. The small lake is surrounded on two sides by alpine grass, and on the eastern southern end it meets native forest. The lake drains through the forest to Lake Wakatipu via Twenty-five Mile Creek on the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road.
Lake Luna is located in the Richardson ranges in the head waters of the Moonlight Creek catchment. Access is walking only and land holder permission is required. The lake is known for its trout.
Lake Isobel is an alpine lake nestled in behind Mt Crichton Peak in the Mt Richardson Ranges between Queenstown and Glenorchy. The lake sits at the head of Twelve Mile Creek which drains to Lake Whākatipu.
L50722 is an alpine lake situated in The Remarkables mountain range close to Queenstown. The lake drains to the Kawarau River via Doolan’s Creek and the Nevis River.
L53717 is an alpine lake situated in The Remarkables mountain range close to Queenstown. The lake drains to Lake Whākatipu via Wye creek. It is surrounded by rock faces, wetlands and rare alpine flora.
L53753 is an alpine lake is situated between The Remarkables and Hector mountain ranges close to Queenstown. The lake drains to the Kawarau River via Schoolhouse Creek and the Nevis River.