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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.


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Lake Hawea Hotel $97
Reviewed on May 4, 2019
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Lake Hawea Hotel

Lake Hawea Hotel

1 Capell Avenue, Wanaka, Lake Hawea
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nice bed and view

    Lake Hawea Hostel $34
    Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019
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    Lake Hawea Hostel

    Lake Hawea Hostel

    1 Capell Ave, Lake Hawea
       
      3.3 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The room was good and liked that had sink in bathroom. Mattress on bed a little uncomfortable but apart from that was fine

      Lake Hawea Holiday Park $46
      Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018
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      Lake Hawea Holiday Park

      Lake Hawea Holiday Park

      1208 Makarora-Hawea Road State Highway 6, Lake Hawea
         
        3.9 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nice view. Great place to relax.

        Charismatic and Modern Retreat Unparalleled Views Light, Bright and Warm
        Charismatic and Modern Retreat Unparalleled Views Light, Bright and Warm

        Charismatic and Modern Retreat Unparalleled Views Light, Bright and Warm

        Lake Hawea, Otago
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the beach, this vacation home is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Lake Hawea and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Iron Lookout and Puzzling World. Lake Wanaka and Wanaka Lavender Farm are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Sunny & Stylish Idyllic Log Fire, Gardens & Mountain Views!
          Sunny & Stylish Idyllic Log Fire, Gardens & Mountain Views!

          Sunny & Stylish Idyllic Log Fire, Gardens & Mountain Views!

          Lake Hawea, Otago
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Lake Hawea, this vacation home is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lake Hawea and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lake Wanaka and Mount Iron Lookout. Puzzling World and Wanaka Lavender Farm are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Picture Perfect Vistas Wrap Around Sunny Balcony Sleek and Warm Interior
            Picture Perfect Vistas Wrap Around Sunny Balcony Sleek and Warm Interior

            Picture Perfect Vistas Wrap Around Sunny Balcony Sleek and Warm Interior

            Lake Hawea, Otago
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Lake Hawea, this vacation home is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Lake Hawea and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lake Wanaka and Mount Iron Lookout. Puzzling World and Wanaka Lavender Farm are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Fantail Cottage Lakefront Lake Hawea, Wanaka
              Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019
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              Fantail Cottage Lakefront Lake Hawea, Wanaka

              Fantail Cottage Lakefront Lake Hawea, Wanaka

              Lake Hawea, Otago
                 
                1.0 of 5
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                We were very disappointed with the property. While the location is great, the view is overgrown with trees and the property is very cramped and cluttered inside and out. The section around the property is full of junk and waist high grass and not at all what we were expecting. It is far too small ...

                Stoneige Beautiful Lake Hawea House
                Stoneige Beautiful Lake Hawea House

                Stoneige Beautiful Lake Hawea House

                Lake Hawea, Otago
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Lake Hawea, this vacation home is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Lake Hawea and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Iron Lookout and Puzzling World. Lake Wanaka and Wanaka Lavender Farm are also within 12 mi (20 km).