Lake Hawea, just northeast of Wanaka in the Otago region of New Zealand is a glacial lake, with deep blue, crystal waters and mountains all around serving as a backdrop. It lies in a glacial valley.
Driving along the western shores of the lake on State Highway 6 you’ll come across the “Lake Hawea, Lookout!” sign. The perfect place to checkout the lake, relax and just soak in the views. It’s one of the most spectacular lake settings I’ve ever seen. You’ll find many people stopping there driving between the West Coast and Wanaka and out with their cameras.
There are fishing, boating, swimming and other outdoor options available. Snow capped mountain peaks and skiing await in the winter months.
Nearby Lake Wanaka which runs in parallel to Lake Hawea is also in a glacial valley and they are separated at their narrowest point by a rocky ridge known as “The Neck”.
Hawea, a small resort town, is on the southern end of the lake. It draws many tourists looking for a quieter scene then nearby Lake Wanaka or Wakatipu (Queenstown).
A panoramic shot at the lookout point.
The next time you’re in Wanaka or the surrounding area, make sure to make a stop at Lake Hawea. What other lakes would you suggest checking out just for their views alone in New Zealand? In the world?