Lake Wanaka

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH IS­LAND -

It’s the big aquatic jewel that won’t let go of your eye­balls. The lo­cals say they never get sick of star­ing at its serene sur­face; it makes their com­mute to work a sooth­ing, non-frowny affair. The wa­ter in Lake Wanaka is happy wa­ter – it gets to flow how­ever it likes with­out bossy hu­man in­tru­sion. The Lake Wanaka Preser­va­tion Act made it so back in 1973 and con­tin­ues to thwart any med­dling with wa­ter lev­els and shore­line. It’s New Zealand’s fourth-largest lake and was carved into be­ing by suc­ces­sive art­ful glaciers (thank you, ice ages). So, whether you get on top of it, pay homage from its shores or pluck scaly things from its depths, it’ll re­pay your kindly at­ten­tion.

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