There are 3,820 lakes in New Zealand, some of which are crater lakes formed by volcanoes and others which are fed by glaciers in the mountains. Here are the ten biggest lakes to add to your vacation plan in order to save time.
1. Lake Taupo
The largest lake in New Zealand, Lake Taupo, is situated in the middle of the North Island, almost. This lake attracts tourists and locals searching for a fun weekend outdoors not only because it is aesthetically stunning but also because it is full of adventure and water activities. The Taupo region has a lot of geothermal activity, which is a major lure.
2. Lake Te Anau
On the South Island of New Zealand, Lake Te Anau is located. Te Anau is also the starting point for trips to world-famous destinations, including The Kepler Track, Milford Sound, and Doubtful Sound.
Three of the lake’s arms extend into Fiordland, a breathtaking National Park. On and around Lake Te Anau, one of the most picturesque lakes in New Zealand, enjoy hiking trails, boat rides, and fishing.
3. Lake Wakatipu
This is the body of water in Queenstown, a renowned tourist destination. With a variety of water and boating sports accessible, Lake Wakatipu, which encircles a town like this, is highly known and regularly visited. Lake Wakatipu is a must-see when it comes to New Zealand lakes.
4. Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora)
If you want to see Lake Ellesmere, go to the Canterbury region on the South Island’s east coast. Lake Ellesmere is a vast, shallow body of water that is only separated from the Pacific Ocean by a long, thin sand spit. It’s also a crucial habitat for wildlife.
5. Lake Wanaka
With nearby mountains and rocky coastlines, Lake Wanaka is a lovely location. More than 300 meters below the surface, it’s frigid to swim in but frequently an excellent surface for kayaking, paddleboarding, and boating. Both in the summer and the winter, visitors to the Otago region’s Lake Wanaka flock in droves thanks to the neighbouring Treble Cone ski resort.
6. Lake Manapouri
The serene Manapouri village and Lake are located in the Fiordland National Park. A beautiful lake on the South Island with tiny islands and isolated coves; there is much to discover. Doubtful Sound excursions can be started at Lake Manapouri, which also has the biggest underground power plant in the southern hemisphere.
7. Lake Hawea
A genuine South Island lake hideaway, Lake Hawea is located close to popular destinations like Queenstown and Wanaka. With mountains in every direction and a wealth of outdoor activities, tourists throng to this lake in both the summer and the winter.
8. Lake Pukaki
Lake Pukaki, located in the centre of the Mackenzie Region, must be one of New Zealand’s bluest lakes. Its milky, baby blue hue is constant throughout the year and is most noticeable on a sunny day.
People travelling between Queenstown and Christchurch and to the Mt Cook National Park often stop at Lake Pukaki, which is located at the base of Aoraki Mt Cook. Lake Pukaki holds the distinction of being the largest lake in the region, which is home to many stunning natural landmarks.
9. Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo is a vivid blue lake encircled by rugged surroundings, making it just as magnificent as its neighbour, Lake Pukaki. There are several attractions at Lake Tekapo, one of them is the Dark Sky Reserve, where stargazing is at its best.
10. Lake Rotorua
The little island known as Mokoia Island is located in the middle of Lake Rotorua, the second-largest lake on the North Island. Lake Taupo is about an hour’s drive away and has the town of Rotorua at its edge. Discovering the Bay of Plenty is a must because it has stunning scenery and two of New Zealand’s biggest lakes.