Lake Hawea

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The clear blue waters of this striking lake are surrounded by a peaceful landscape of rolling green hills and rugged mountains.

Stay at Lake Hawea and be rejuvenated by the vivid scenery at this popular South Island destination. Hike nature trails, fish for trout and enjoy water sports on the lake.

Swim through crystal clear waters on warm summer days. Explore the small pebble beaches around this big lake to find a calm swimming spot and a patch of shady grass to read a book.

Walk the trails around the township and into the surrounding mountains bordering Mount Aspiring National Park. Get stunning views over sparkling water and snow-capped peaks from the top of the challenging Isthmus Peak Track. Camp or picnic along the Timaru Creek, where a beautiful trail winds through a valley of ancient trees.

Organise a fishing charter boat or paddle a kayak out onto the lake to admire the area’s natural beauty. The lake and surrounding rivers are said to have some of the best trout and Chinook salmon fishing in New Zealand. Join a tour with a local fishing and hunting guide so that you can find the best spots.

Hire a bike and enjoy a ride along the Hawea River track all the way to Wanaka. This trail, suitable for family groups, passes through nearby Albert Town where you can purchase food and drinks.

Enjoy the excitement of a visit to the Hawea Whitewater Park, known as the Wave. The free park features two rapids that were built to form permanent waves in the river. Watch the board riders and kayakers play in the top section or observe the experienced elite riders battling the challenging lower wave. Changes in water flow force differences in the rapids regularly so check conditions before you visit. Be aware that this activity is suited to highly experienced riders only.

Dine in local cafés and restaurants or enjoy the long twilight of a New Zealand summer with a picnic on the lake’s beach. The larger town of Wanaka is about a 15-minute drive away and has a larger selection of shops and facilities.

Spend lazy days at Lake Hawea to enjoy the tranquil beauty of this wild natural region.

542 Cheap Hotels Near Lake Hawea

The Camp - Lake Hawea
The Camp - Lake Hawea
3.5 out of 5
1208 Makarora-Hawea Road State Highway 6, Albert Town
The price is NZ$88 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.
This Albert Town holiday park is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lake Hawea, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lake Wanaka and Mount Iron Lookout. Puzzling World ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (129 reviews)
"Very peaceful, great for children we all had a great stay. Will be back one day for sure! Delicious breakfast too!"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2021

The Camp - Lake Hawea
Hawea Hotel
Hawea Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Capell Avenue, Wanaka, Lake Hawea
The price is NZ$163 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lake Hawea and within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Wanaka and Mount Iron Lookout. Puzzling World and Wanaka ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (299 reviews)
"Fabulous views. Reception sign not obvious and a lock on the bathroom door would be great. It seems that the simple bed set up request wasn't seen, which seems to be common with Expedia bookings."

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

Hawea Hotel
Fantail Inn Johns Creek Lake Hawea
Fantail Inn Johns Creek Lake Hawea
The price is NZ$282 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Situated on a lake, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Hawea and within 12 miles (20 km) of Lake Wanaka and Mount Iron Lookout. Puzzling World and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Holiday by lake Hawea
"Lots of space, amazing views and nice to feel so close to nature. Owners are great communicators and would recommend to others"

Reviewed on 29 Aug. 2021

Fantail Inn Johns Creek Lake Hawea
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Lake Hawea Hotel & Accommodation Deals

The Camp - Lake Hawea
The Camp - Lake Hawea
3.5 out of 5
1208 Makarora-Hawea Road State Highway 6, Albert Town
The price is NZ$88 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.
The Camp - Lake Hawea
Hawea Hotel
Hawea Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Capell Avenue, Wanaka, Lake Hawea
The price is NZ$163 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
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Fantail Inn Johns Creek Lake Hawea
Fantail Inn Johns Creek Lake Hawea
The price is NZ$282 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Fantail Inn Johns Creek Lake Hawea
Lake Hawea Hideaway - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
Lake Hawea Hideaway - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
19 Drake Place, Lake Hawea, Otago
Lake Hawea Hideaway - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
Lake Hawea Lakefront Cabin
Lake Hawea Lakefront Cabin
9 Flora Dora Parade, Lake Hawea, Otago
The price is NZ$171 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Lake Hawea Lakefront Cabin
Fantail Cottage Lakefront Lake Hawea, Wanaka
Fantail Cottage Lakefront Lake Hawea, Wanaka
24 Flora Dora Parade, Lake Hawea, Lake Hawea, Otago
The price is NZ$369 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
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Lake Hawea Haven - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
Lake Hawea Haven - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
136 Capell Avenue, Lake Hawea, Otago
Lake Hawea Haven - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
Lakefront Bellevue, Wanaka , South Island, New Zealand
Lakefront Bellevue, Wanaka , South Island, New Zealand
10 Capell Ave, Lake Hawea, Otago
The price is NZ$693 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Lakefront Bellevue, Wanaka , South Island, New Zealand
Bodkin's A Bonus - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
Bodkin's A Bonus - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
25 Bodkin Street, Lake Hawea, Otago
Bodkin's A Bonus - Lake Hawea Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.