Welcome to Lake Hawea

This small town, 15km north of Wanaka, is strung along the southern shore of its 141-sq-km namesake. Separated from Lake Wanaka by a narrow strip of land called the Neck, the blue-grey Lake Hawea (with an average water temperature of just 9°C) is 35km long and 410m deep. It's particularly popular with fisherfolk looking to do battle with its trout and landlocked salmon. The lake was raised 20m in 1958 when it was dammed to facilitate the power stations downriver.

There's little here, but that's the town's appeal.

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Lake Hawea in detail