Lake Hawea
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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charlotte w
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Stunning lake surrounded by mountains close to Wanaka. Really peaceful and it’s a small township and there was only a few other people on the shore. Beautiful scenery and lots of walks close by. Don’t just drive past on route to more famous attraction stop for a walk, a swim or just to enjoy the quiet
Written 1 April 2024
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evets1232016
Sydney, Australia437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was the most stunningly beautiful place we visited on our drive from Wanaka to Franz Josef. The colour of the water and the massive mountains surrounding the lake are just so impressive.
Written 21 February 2024
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KomfortablyNumb
Katikati, New Zealand170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The day we visited it was quite overcast and windy which gave this beautiful place a dark and brooding quality of the stunning mountains descending into the deep dark water. But even today it was a gorgeous turquoise at the southern end of the lake.
This is a must do if you’re in the area.
Written 11 January 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,557 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We visited Lake Hawea whilst driving arounf the area.

Its very picturesque and whilst we were there there were children fishing and swimming so the lake is used for recreation.Water from the mountains and fast-flowing rivers allow for adventure tourism year-round, such as jetboating and skiing.

Lake Hāwea is 35 kilometres long and was formed during the last ice age.

In 1958 the lake was artificially raised 20 metresfor the hydroelectric power generation at the Roxburgh Dam.

We tried to visit the local pub but it operates limited hours and mostly in the evenings.
Written 26 January 2023
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Artem
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Very nice lake, but locals not.

I've met many unfriendly people who seems to sick and tired of tourist of any kind. :(

I'd suggest to not waste time for this town and give them a rest from visitors. Don't spoil your impression of friendly New Zealanders by visiting Lake Hawea town!
Written 10 January 2023
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perioddramafan
Vienna, VA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Beautiful serene lake with mirror reflections of the adjoining mountains and fields. A place to get away from it all. However, nearby Queenstown offers sports, cafes, hotels, gardens, and excitement.
Written 9 November 2022
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand1,176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Beautiful lake - lovely clear water but chilly. On a nice day we went in for a swim and although it felt icy getting in, it was refreshing and I'm pleased I did. Stunning view driving around the lake - its a gorgeous picture
Written 18 February 2022
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Irish_Kiwi77
Wellington, New Zealand1,296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
If in the area, lake Hawea is worth a visit. It is another stunning lake in the region. There are a few beach’s near the village and the views are nice there, but I would recommend driving up to the Lake Hawea lookout, which is about 5km drive. The views from there are stunning.
Written 19 November 2020
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Rachael B
1,893 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Really beautiful stop between Lake Wanaka and Haast Pass. Great viewpoints. Recommend along your journey
Written 10 October 2020
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pd7
Weymouth, UK582 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Another stunning lake in the Wanaka area which rivals Lake Wanaka - both are stunning and must sees. Lots of viewpoints with views of bright blue lake with mountain backdrop. Really enjoyed driving alongside/around it.
Written 19 September 2020
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