Lake Ohau, Twizel

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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 is on the route of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail, which has been constructed in the years after approval in 2010. The trail runs along the Lake up to Lake Ohau Lodge, and then climbs up the Tarnbrae Track before a flowing descent to Quailburn Road.
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  • July 19, 2017
    Worth the detour off State Highway 8 to see the stunning vistas. Hardly a car on the road, beautiful hills and mountains covered in snow and the sun breaking through the clouds over the lake. Take the...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Amazingly clear waters with surrounding scenery to match, makes for the perfect photo no matter what the weather.  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    We recently spent two nights at Ohau Lodge. The accomodation was average with the rooms a little out dated, however the rooms where warm, the lodge had great food and atmosphere. The staff are friendl...  more »

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