8 of The Most Stunning Lakes in New Zealand

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New Zealand is well known for having some of the world’s most pristine lakes. The great lakes of New Zealand are often painted and photographed for their stunning elegance and tranquility.

New Zealand is far from the rest of the world, with it’s incredible geographic history New Zealand is a tourist hotspot, for its astounding landscapes and scenery. Below is 8 of the Most Stunning Lakes in New Zealand.

This is our list of New Zealand’s most stunning lakes of New Zealand, did we miss any? Please let us know in the comments below.

Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s longest lake, this lake is most famous because it’s a part of the famous Queenstown, New Zealand’s ultimate tourist trap. Thousands of people visit Queenstown each year to pump adrenaline and gasp at its scenic beauty.

Lake Taupo

New Zealand’s largest lake and is the largest freshwater lake in the southern Hemisphere. Lake Taupo lies inside an extinct volcano, Oruanui, which erupted 26,500 years ago.

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Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson lies next to the famous Fox Glacier in New Zealand’s South on the West Coast. This lake is famous for it’s crisp, clear, reflected views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki is famous for its distinct colour, the colour is a by-product of glacial erosion. These sediments are fed into the lake by the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers.

Lake Wanaka

This Lake was left behind by an ancient glacier from the last ice age. The beautiful lake Wanaka sits next to the picturesque town of Wanaka. This town is our favorite place on earth, and is often referred to Queenstown’s little sister.

Champagne Pool

Just 30km from the famous Rotorua, this lake is formed in the volcanic landscape which hosts boiling mud pools, geysers and multi-hued rocks and pools. The Champagne Pool’s received it’s name from it’s form which is made by carbon dioxide.

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The Emerald Lakes

The Emerald Lakes located in the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, is New Zealand’s most popular hike in the Tongariro National Park. The Emerald Lakes shine an impossible emerald, get the colour from the volcanic minerals which have dissolved over millions of years. Taking it up a notch, this area also hosts lava flows, boiling hot springs and steam geysers.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, located in New Zealands South Island is a popular tourist destination and is New Zealand’s most famous lake. Lake Tekapo hosts a vivid turquoise colour which is derived from glacial sediment left behind over millions of years. Lake Tekapo lies next to New Zealand’s Southern Alps, on a clear day Mt. Cook, the tallest mountain in Oceania, can be seen in the distance.

This is our list of New Zealand’s most stunning lakes of New Zealand, did we miss any? Please let us know in the comments below.