Amazing world: New Zealand's most beautiful lakes
New Zealand, a country with 41 major lakes and more than 4,000 smaller lakes, is obviously an ideal place to visit for every traveler, especially for those who love spending time beholding turquoise blue lakes. Most of the lakes in New Zealand are caused by glacial matter so the color of the water is bluer than any other lakes in the world.
Here are 8 of the most stunningly beautiful lakes in New Zealand that you should note in your must-visit-place list when travelling to the country.
1. Lake Pukaki
Lake Pukaki, a beautiful blue glacier lake
Pukaki is the name of a beautiful blue glacier lake nestling under the shadow of Mount Cook – New Zealand’s tallest mountain so that travelers can have a good viewpoint of the mountain when standing by the lake.
Pukaki is famous for its amazing turquoise color which is created by the disintegrating glaciers. This lake is also chosen to be the surrounding setting of a movie named "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug".
2. Lake Wanaka
Nature lovers can't ignore Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka is the fourth biggest lake in New Zealand situated in the Otago region in the south of the South Island. The best feature and also a signal of the lake is a Wanaka tree emerging from shimmering blue water. Travelers can walk or cycle around the lake on some famous tracks to look at all the sights at a slower pace. The lake also attracts a lot of tourists thanks to its ski fields in winter, wineries and eateries in the warmer time.
3. Lake Wakatipu
You will be amazed at the impressive beauty of the lake
With over 80 kilometers long, lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s longest lake and also the most famous lake in there. The lake gains fame thanks to its favorable location right on one of the most popular towns in New Zealand – Queenstown. Tourists come there to enjoy mountain biking tracks, internationally well-known ski fields and many other interesting activities in the peaceful town.
4. Lake Tekapo
It would be a pity if you miss the famous attraction in New Zealand
Sitting 700 meters above sea level, Lake Tekapo is one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand which can be found in the Mackenzie basin in the center of the Mackenzie Country. Being one of the darkness places on Earth, the lake is really an amazing spot for star gazing.
5. Lake Taupo
This is known as the largest lake in the country
The size of this lake is actually the same as the size of total Singapore. There are many different boating and sporting activities that travelers can enjoy there. Huka Fall in the north of the lake is one of New Zealand’s most visited natural attractions. At the southern end of the lake, Māori rock carvings are perfect for boating or kayaking.
6. Lake Hawea
Hawea offers so many interesting activities to join
Among a lot of beautiful lakes in New Zealand, Hawea is one of the deepest. Compared to Wanaka, Hawea is more popular for mountain activities like fly fishing, jet boating, water skiing, kayaking, wind and kite surfing. For people who love biking and hiking, there are various hiking and biking trails around the lake to enjoy. There are also some famous hunting sites up in the valley.
7. Lake Emerald
Lake Emerald in New Zealand
The name Emerald is given to the lake because of its water’s special color. The water is created by dissolved volcanic minerals and the surrounding geothermal activity. That is the reason why the lake shines bright like an emerald which is an amazing green precious stone. Not only famous for its green water but also for lava flows, boiling hot springs and steam geysers, the lake attracts tons of tourists to come and enjoy their holiday.
8. Lake Champagne
The mysterious beauty of Lake Champagne
Being the most geothermic location in New Zealand, lake Champagne is a fascinating lake of Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland which is located near Rotorua. Having a large number of mud pools, geysers and sulfur pools, affected by the effluence of carbon dioxide, all of these features make the lake look exactly like a glass of sparkling champagne.
New Zealand is a wonderfully contrasting land of glacial and volcanic craters, mountains, valleys and lakes. Setting foot on this wonder land and wallowing in the paradise of numerous stunningly beautiful lakes in New Zealand, you can truly see that this life is worth living.