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Lakes and Boating
Roto me te Whakaeke Poti
There are three main lakes in our district – Lake Wakatipu, Lake Wānaka and Lake Hāwea. These are all popular spots for boating, swimming and other water sports.Lake Wakatipu Lake Wānaka Lake Hāwea Clutha River Harbourmasters Flooding Lagarosiphon
During COVID-19 Alert Level 1, make sure your recreational vessel, no matter how big or small, stays safe. Do this by following the prep, check, know message - prepare your boat, check your gear and know the rules before you’re on the water.
As well as following all public health measures still in place at Alert Level 1, boaties are encouraged to remember the five simple precautions from the Boating Safety Code:
Wear your lifejacket
Take two waterproof ways to call for help
Check the marine weather forecast
Be a responsible skipper.
Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's third largest lake, being 80 kilometres long and covering 293 square kilometres. It has an average depth of 300 metres for over half its length, with temperatures ranging from 8 - 10 degrees celsius.
Lake Wānaka is New Zealand's fourth largest lake, covering 180 square kilometres. The lake is 45.5 kilometres long, 11.6 kilometres across at its widest, and up to 300 metres deep. Water temperature ranges from 8 - 10 degrees celsius.
Lake Hāwea is 35 kilometres long and separated from Lake Wānaka by a narrow isthmus. Although narrow, Lake Hāwea plummets to a depth of 392 metres.
The Clutha River / Mata-Au is the second longest river in New Zealand and the longest in the South Island. It flows south-southeast 338 kilometres through Central and South Otago from Lake Wanaka in the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, 75 kilometres south west of Dunedin.
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Lagarosiphon is a pest plant present in some of Otago's waterways. You can help prevent its spread by checking your fishing and boating gear to make sure you don't take it away with you.