Lake Ohau, Twizel

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Lake Ohau is a glacial lake in the Mackenzie Basin of New Zealand's South Island. It is fed by the Hopkins and Dobson rivers, which have their headwaters in the Southern Alps, and has its outflow in the Ohau River, which itself feeds into the Waitaki River hydroelectric project.Ohau is the smallest of three roughly parallel lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo). It covers 60 km².The Ohau ski field is located close to the southwestern shore of the lake.The lake forms part of the traditional boundary between Otago and Canterbury regions, Otago's northernmost point being the headwaters of the Hopkins River. Officially the lake lies in the northwestern part of the Waitaki District within the southern part of the Canterbury region.Lake Ohau will be on the route of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail, to be constructed in the following years after approval in 2010.
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  • I grew up in the Mackenzie basin and I head around lake ohau any chance I get. On one side you have the ski field Huxley and lake Middleton and the other side you have the quaint little greta lodge an...  read more »
  • The whole area has wrap-around views with plenty of day walks, good driving and photo opportunities around every bend 
  • I have been riding on the Alps 2 Ocean bike ride and have had Lake Ohau in my view for 2 days (spending several hours riding around the lake foreshore). It is absolutely stunning with snowy mountains ...  read more »
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