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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  • It looks like a beautiful picture, with scenery to take your breath away. Little d inhabitants per square kilometre, in this corner of the world. It seems to me that it is only 1 person per km2. He made a great sun, we are on Nov. 30, the blue water of the Lake, transports us to the still snowy mountains. Tomorrow 1st Dec, is the first day of summer. The snows are not eternal, in this corner of the world to New Zealand, and we have the chance to admire, this virgin land, and not touched by the hand of man
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  • Visited Ohau A,B,and C power stations, for a drive that was a good couple of hours. The scenery is fantastic, as is the earth works that were done here many years ago, to build these three power stati...  more »
  • Like too much and accidentally chose to come here, unexpected surprises, because they are not ski season, hardly see people, between heaven and Earth as if only the four of us, Lake is quiet, scenic, relaxing, then found that there is a margin of Brook Hill Road, because time does not go, do come again next time.
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