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Located an easy scenic 15-minute drive from Wānaka and on the road to Makarora and the West Coast, Lake Hāwea is a place of quietude, epic mountain ranges and a stunning lake.

If you’re looking to find off-the-beaten track hikes, explore the trails around Lake Hāwea, which feature both peaceful lakeside walks and steep and craggy climbs.

Lake Hāwea is a favoured spot for wind surfing, paragliding and kite surfing, as well as fishing and boating.

There are lots of things to do, accommodation and dining options in Lake Hāwea, if you’re staying overnight in the area.

Lake Hāwea – Wānaka loop
Lake Hāwea – Wānaka loop
Planning a day trip from Wānaka township to explore Lake Hāwea? We’ve done the hard work and put together this itinerary for you.
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Sophie Piearcey’s Lake Hāwea Escape
Sophie Piearcey’s Lake Hāwea Escape
Blogger and photographer Sophie Piearcey spends a magical evening in Lake Hāwea.
5 reasons to book an escape to Lake Hāwea
5 reasons to book an escape to Lake Hāwea
5 reasons why you need to book a daytrip or weekend escape to this beautiful little lake town hidden in the mountains.
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