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New Zealand Lake Highlights

Time to reflect, or maybe time to flick a fly rod. A New Zealand lake can be a destination in itself or a moment of tranquillity on the way to somewhere else. Discover dune lakes, mountain lakes and volcanic lakes. Some are stocked with trout, others are strangely coloured and there are one or two that are believed to be bottomless!

Clyde Dam - Central Otago

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Lake Dunstan, Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand
Lake Dunstan, Cromwell
Central Otago
Photographer: Hiroshi Nameda
(hnamechan@hotmail.com)

Clyde Dam, the largest concrete gravity dam in New Zealand. The lake formed by the dam, Lake Dunstan, is 26.4 square kilometres in size.

Roxburgh Dam - Central Otago

Power, Gold and Sport - Lake Roxburgh and Roxburgh Dam have plenty of opportunities for each.

Lake Manapouri - Fiordland

Twenty minutes from Te Anau is picturesque Lake Manapouri, a beautiful lake framed by the spectacular Cathedral Mountains.

Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook

Lake Tekapo is a remarkable turquoise coloured lake and is surrounded by the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps.

Kai Iwi Sand Lakes - Northland

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Sunset over Lake taupo, Taupo, New Zealand
Sunset over Lake Taupo
Photographer: James Heremaia
(www.jamesfoto.com)

The Kai Iwi sand lakes are a natural playground and fantastic recreation reserve.

Lake Rotorua - Rotorua

Surrounded by 11 major lakes, the city of Rotorua nestles on the shores of the largest - Lake Rotorua.

Lake Taupo - Taupo

Just about everywhere you look in the Lake Taupo region, you'll see a volcano.

Lake Wanaka and Hawea - Wanaka

Formed by massive glaciers over 10,000 years ago, Lakes Wanaka and Hawea lie side by side and are popular with holiday makers.

Lake Matheson - West Coast

One of New Zealand's great scenic icons, Lake Matheson, lies just six kilometres from Fox Glacier.

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Stay locally with Top 10 and the kids stay free.

Elm Wildlife Tours

Elm Wildlife Tours

Tour options for a wildlife experience of a lifetime.

Active New Zealand

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NZ's most experienced adventure tour operator.

Red Carpet Tours

Red Carpet Tours

NZ's premier Lord of the Rings tour company.

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

Bluebridge Ferry

Cross between the Islands on a Bluebridge ferry.

Thrifty Car Rental

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