There are so many attractive features of New Zealand, natural phenomena that would leave you lost in the beauty of nature. One that stands out is the lakes. This article takes a look at nine stunning lakes in the terrific island country of New Zealand, where natural beauty dwells greatly. Read on

1. Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand -

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The second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island, Lake Tekapo covers 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi) and is at an altitude of 710 meters (2,330 ft) above sea level. Famous for its crystal-clear lake and mountain backdrop, it is more exciting because it is specifically located in a vibrant tourist town marked by good food and adventures.

Address:Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand

2. Rotomairewhenua / Blue Lake, , New Zealand -

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A part of the Nelson Lakes National Park, 'Rotomairewhenua,' translates as the 'land of peaceful waters,' holds the title of the clearest lake in the world. Revered by local Māori, it is regarded as 'tapu' (sacred), and as such, humans are not permitted to enter the lake. Its clarity, which is likened to that of distilled water, can exceed 80m. This makes the blue-violet and green hues provide a stunning contrast to the rugged mountain ranges that envelop it, even more ethereal. Nestled deep in the alpine wilderness, very few get to experience this beauty.

Address:Rotomairewhenua / Blue Lake, Tasman 7077, New Zealand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Lake_(Tasman)

3. Lake Wānaka, , New Zealand -

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A major glacial lake of the Southern Alps, Lake Wānaka, follows Lake Wakatipu in size. The lake, which is 278 meters above sea level, covers 192 km² and is more than 300 m deep. The Wanaka township in the Otago region sits near the foot of the protected lake.

Address:Lake Wānaka, Otago, New Zealand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wānaka

4. Lake Pukaki, , New Zealand -

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The largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes earlier mentioned, Lake Pukaki proudly shows off New Zealand's tallest peak - Aoraki/ Mount Cook, from the many lookout points around its shores. Another interesting feature of this intriguing lake is its bright turquoise colour which transforms to a brilliant blue when the sun hits the lake's surface and reflects off the particles.

Address:Lake Pukaki, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Pukaki

5. Hooker Lake, , New Zealand -

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Started to form in the late 1970s by the recent retreat of the Hooker Glacier, this proglacial lake in the Hooker Valley is so beautiful because of its unique colour. Located in the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, the walk up to Hooker lake is pristine. The views of the mountains like Mt Cook, rivers, waterfalls, and valleys are just amazing.

Address:Hooker Lake, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooker_Lake

6. Lake Matheson, , New Zealand -

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A small glacial lake in South Westland, near the township of Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson has an easy walking track that circles it. Famous for its reflected views of Mount Tasman and the snow-capped Aoraki / Mount Cook, the experience here is always surreal. Lake Matheson's reflectiveness comes from its dark brown waters, caused by the natural leaching of organic matter from the surrounding native forest floor. The lake is also a traditional mahinga kai (food gathering place) for Maori people.

Address:Lake Matheson, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Matheson

7. Emerald Lakes, , New Zealand -

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The Emerald Lakes, which fill explosion craters near the summit of Mt Tongariro, get their name from their brilliant colours, partly caused by dissolved minerals, washed down from the thermal area close by Red Crater. It is also one of the most impressive walks in New Zealand.

Address:Emerald Lakes, Waikato 4691, New Zealand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Emerald_Lakes ,_New_Zealand.jpg

8. Lake Marian, , New Zealand -

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This alpine lake at the southern end of the Darran Mountains is very beautiful and surrounded by dense forests. From a distance, you can see towering, steep snow-capped mountains while enjoying the beautiful scenery around the lake.

Address:Lake Marian, Southland 9679, New Zealand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Marian

9. Lake Wakatipu, , New Zealand -

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This inland lake in the South Island of New Zealand is Queenstown's treasure. Used as one of the main methods for transport, Lake Wakatipu is today most famous for its size, beauty, and setting, which leave tourists in awe. Lake Wakatipu isn't just New Zealand's longest lake (80 km) and the third-largest lake in the country. It is also so deep that it dips below sea level!

Address:Lake Wakatipu, Otago, New Zealand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wakatipu

 


These lakes avail you of picture opportunities around every turn and leave you intrigued by the wonders of their features. Experiencing these nature-made wonders are memories you'll truly cherish, and as such, they are all worth it.