The raw and mystic beauty of the New Zealand lakes here in the South Island. Honestly, every view is postcard perfect alongside the interesting Maori legends about the lakes! Here’s a photo blog of my 5 favorite lakes in NZ’s South Island!
1. Lake Wakatipu
My no.1 favorite lake nad also the 3rd largest lake in New Zealand. Shaped like a lightning bolt, the lake is relatively thin and is bordered on all sides by mountains. There’s also a very interesting Maori legend about Lake Wakatipu. The most interesting part for me in the legend is the reason for the mysterious rise and fall of the lake by 12cm. Apparently it’s the giant’s heart beating that causes the rise and fall. (Check out the link for the full story!)
Lake Wakatipu is one of the most visited lakes in New Zealand. Being in the adventure capital (of the world!), visiting Lake Wakatipu can either be a short fligth or an 8-hour scenic drive from Christchurch. It’s got an international airport so there is actually no reason not to go! So many activities to enjoy and pump lots of adrenaline in your sexy bod!
Lake Wakatipu is picturesque whether you’re viewing it from land or air! Haha!
2. Lake Wanaka
3. Lake Hawea
We call it “The Hamptons” of New Zealand. A 15-minute drive from Lake Wanaka is the laid-back and quiet Lake Hawea. Though not as commercialized as Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea isn’t taking a seat back for beauty. I felt like I was living in a painting during our time there. We open our door and the view of the lake, mountains and some really fabulous clouds welcome us and say “Gidday mate!” There are a lot of holiday homes in the area (reason we called it ‘The Hamptons’ – home owners visit during summer time!)
The lake is crystal clear and a delight to swim to cool off in summer time. I was so in love with its chilled vibe and made me feel so at peace. That’s total relaxation for me.
4. Lake Tekapo
5. Lake Pukaki