Lake Wanaka - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama taken part way up the eastern side of Lake Wanaka on the road to Makarora. The road travels first up Lake Hawea before traversing a thin land ridge separating the two. At various points there are paths down to the lake edge. This picture shows a man fishing from the lakeside in late afternoon with the mountains as a backdrop.
Lake Wanaka - FURTHER INFORMATION
Lake Wanaka - Wanaka visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lake Wanaka' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
Lake Wanaka is the fourth largest lake in New Zealand. The lake lies at an altitude of 300m in Central Otago, and is part of the Queenstown-Lakes District. It is 42km long, stretching from Wanaka in the south to Makarora in the north. Filling a U-shaped valley created by a glacier during a past ice age, Lake Wanaka is 300m deep in places and fed by the Makarora River. At the southern end the lake drains into the Clutha River. At the widest point, near Wanaka, the lake is 10km across. On the western side are mountains that rise up to 2000m high, forming part of the Mount Aspiring National Park.
Lake Wanaka lies in a parallel valley to Lake Hawea, which was also formed by glaciation. Most of the time the two lakes are separated by mountain ridge by about 8km. However, one arm of the lake Hawea stretches westwards towards it's partner, stopping only 1000m short at a land ridge known as The Neck. These lakes provide excellent boating, fishing, waterskiing and other watersports. The surrounding hills are popular for hiking and tramping. There are a couple of campsites along the lakes, otherwise accommodation can be found in the nearby towns like Lake Hawea Settlement and Wanaka.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: From Wanaka take the 6 Highway north up along Lake Hawea, and past The Neck. This parking point is about 45km from Wanaka. Wanaka is about 68km north of Queenstown on the 6 Highway.
Flight: Wanaka Airport with daily flights to Christchurch