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

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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

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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.

Lake Matheson

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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

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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

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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

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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.

The Emerald Lakes

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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

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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.

17 COMMENTS

  1. You know an article about the most stunning lakes in NZ is pretty damn useless without pics of said lakes. Muppets.

    • Thanks for the feedback. We have had a look at the missing images and can’t see the issue you describe. Perhaps next time you could contact us with any complaints. Also, please keep the nature your your messages polite, you wouldn’t want your mother to read this would you? Thanks 🙂

  2. You know an article about the most stunning lakes in NZ is pretty damn useless without pics of said lakes. Muppets.

    • Thanks for the feedback. We have had a look at the missing images and can’t see the issue you describe. Perhaps next time you could contact us with any complaints. Also, please keep the nature your your messages polite, you wouldn’t want your mother to read this would you? Thanks 🙂

  3. You know an article about the most stunning lakes in NZ is pretty damn useless without pics of said lakes. Muppets.

    • Thanks for the feedback. We have had a look at the missing images and can’t see the issue you describe. Perhaps next time you could contact us with any complaints. Also, please keep the nature your your messages polite, you wouldn’t want your mother to read this would you? Thanks 🙂

  4. Beautiful images and thank you for them as an ex pat now living in Australia. I particularly have a close connection to Lake Pukaki as I lived there as a child before the lake was raised and swallowed up where the settlement was. It seems few people are even aware there was a township there which was established to build and service the original dam constructed as part of the early days of the Waitaki power scheme but now is also many metres under water.

  5. Beautiful images and thank you for them as an ex pat now living in Australia. I particularly have a close connection to Lake Pukaki as I lived there as a child before the lake was raised and swallowed up where the settlement was. It seems few people are even aware there was a township there which was established to build and service the original dam constructed as part of the early days of the Waitaki power scheme but now is also many metres under water.

  6. Beautiful images and thank you for them as an ex pat now living in Australia. I particularly have a close connection to Lake Pukaki as I lived there as a child before the lake was raised and swallowed up where the settlement was. It seems few people are even aware there was a township there which was established to build and service the original dam constructed as part of the early days of the Waitaki power scheme but now is also many metres under water.

  7. FYI, Mt Cook can be seen from Lake Pukaki, not Lake Tekapo. 🙂

    Ps: the images don’t load on cell phones. Could be the file sizes?

  8. FYI, Mt Cook can be seen from Lake Pukaki, not Lake Tekapo. 🙂

    Ps: the images don’t load on cell phones. Could be the file sizes?

  9. FYI, Mt Cook can be seen from Lake Pukaki, not Lake Tekapo. 🙂

    Ps: the images don’t load on cell phones. Could be the file sizes?

  10. Beautiful images and thank you for them as an ex pat now living in Australia. I particularly have a close connection to Lake Pukaki as I lived there as a child before the lake was raised and swallowed up where the settlement was. It seems few people are even aware there was a township there which was established to build and service the original dam constructed as part of the early days of the Waitaki power scheme but now is also many metres under water.

  11. You know an article about the most stunning lakes in NZ is pretty damn useless without pics of said lakes. Muppets.

    • Thanks for the feedback. We have had a look at the missing images and can’t see the issue you describe. Perhaps next time you could contact us with any complaints. Also, please keep the nature your your messages polite, you wouldn’t want your mother to read this would you? Thanks 🙂

  12. FYI, Mt Cook can be seen from Lake Pukaki, not Lake Tekapo. 🙂

    Ps: the images don’t load on cell phones. Could be the file sizes?

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