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New Zealand Lakes

New Zealand is known as one of the most untouched countries on earth, and is also its youngest.

Boasting breathtaking landscapes, numerous pockets of hidden rainforest, unique wildlife and a heavenly climate, New Zealand is the place to visit to experience the best the outdoors has to offer.

The unique contrast of seasons makes this a year round destination that simply cannot be missed. The scenery is spectacular all year round, with mountains and lakes a common occurrence on any drive around the countryside.

New Zealand's lakes are among the most spectacular in the world and simply cannot be missed on a campervan New Zealand holiday. The finest among these include:

9. Lake Wairarapa

Lake Wairarapa can be found just 50 kilometres outside of Wellington, and is the third largest lake on the North Island.

The scenery surrounding the lake is composed of farm landscapes and low-lying swamps.

This region is particularly beautiful in autumn when lovely coral colours consume the surrounding area, creating an idyllic lake setting.

8. Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake and is located in the southwest corner of the South Island's Otago Region.

This lake is renowned for its scenic beauty and is surrounded by the Remarkables; a truly spectacular mountain range.

Experience the sheer beauty of the lake by taking a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat that makes its way along the lake, among the stunning scenery.

7. Lake Manapouri

Lake Manapouri is also located within the Otago region of the South Island, and in some parts, reaches 300 metres in depth.

The lake's western shore lies at the base of majestic mountain peaks that stretch for 2000 metres above sea level, while the eastern shore also boasts some pretty spectacular peaks.

The southern end of the lake is speckled with lovely islands that are home to some of New Zealand's most precious wildlife and which create sanctuaries for ecological growth.

6. Lake Pukaki

Characterised by its distinctive blue colour, Lake Pukaki is by far one of the country's most mystical lakes.

Nestled near the base of Mount Cook, the scenery surrounding this lake is unsurpassed.

In the winter months it is particularly breathtaking, with the snow capped peaks of Aoraki/Mount Cook, contrasting brilliantly against the turquoise waters of the lake.

5. Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka's spectacular location at the foot of the Southern Alps and within the gorgeous Mount Aspiring National Park makes it a lake that simply cannot be missed.

Walking and hiking are popular past times here, while sky diving and mountain biking are great options for those seeking a rush of adrenaline.

Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Lake Wanaka as a flamboyant blend of colours, from glowing gold to vibrant reds, emerges.

4. Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo lies at the centre of the South Island and is surrounded by beautiful golden tussock grass.

The magnificent Southern Alps lie to the west and the Two Thumb Range to the east, creating a surrounding mountainous sanctuary.

The lake is an extremely popular tourist destination, with several hotels and resorts nestled along the southern end of the lake.

3. Lake Te Anau

Lake Te Anau is bordered by the mountains of the Fiordland National Park and is the largest lake on the South Island.

The lake is also bordered by lush virgin forest, making it an area of untouched beauty and intrigue.

Te Anau is also regarded as "the walking capital of the world", meaning there are some fantastic walks on offer that will expose you to the divine scenic beauty of this region.

2. Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo is the biggest lake in New Zealand and covers the world's most destructive volcano.

Taupo is world famous for its trout fishing, while the hot pools are another of its draw cards.

The Huka Falls are the undeniable highlight of the lake and make for some fantastic photo opportunities.

1. Rotorua Lakes

The Rotorua Lakes are one of New Zealand's most scenic areas, and they also boast a colourful volcanic past.

The lakes that comprise this area are surrounding by striking mountainous terrain and picturesque settings, creating a pleasant atmosphere that simply cannot be beat.

The geothermal areas are an added bonus and make this the ultimate destination to experience these spectacular exhibits of nature.

Christine Barton