Lake Hawea

The clear blue waters of this striking lake are surrounded by a peaceful landscape of rolling green hills and rugged mountains.

Stay at Lake Hawea and be rejuvenated by the vivid scenery at this popular South Island destination. Hike nature trails, fish for trout and enjoy water sports on the lake.

Swim through crystal clear waters on warm summer days. Explore the small pebble beaches around this big lake to find a calm swimming spot and a patch of shady grass to read a book.

Walk the trails around the township and into the surrounding mountains bordering Mount Aspiring National Park. Get stunning views over sparkling water and snow-capped peaks from the top of the challenging Isthmus Peak Track. Camp or picnic along the Timaru Creek, where a beautiful trail winds through a valley of ancient trees.

Organise a fishing charter boat or paddle a kayak out onto the lake to admire the area’s natural beauty. The lake and surrounding rivers are said to have some of the best trout and Chinook salmon fishing in New Zealand. Join a tour with a local fishing and hunting guide so that you can find the best spots.

Hire a bike and enjoy a ride along the Hawea River track all the way to Wanaka. This trail, suitable for family groups, passes through nearby Albert Town where you can purchase food and drinks.

Enjoy the excitement of a visit to the Hawea Whitewater Park, known as the Wave. The free park features two rapids that were built to form permanent waves in the river. Watch the board riders and kayakers play in the top section or observe the experienced elite riders battling the challenging lower wave. Changes in water flow force differences in the rapids regularly so check conditions before you visit. Be aware that this activity is suited to highly experienced riders only.

Dine in local cafés and restaurants or enjoy the long twilight of a New Zealand summer with a picnic on the lake’s beach. The larger town of Wanaka is about a 15-minute drive away and has a larger selection of shops and facilities.

Spend lazy days at Lake Hawea to enjoy the tranquil beauty of this wild natural region.