5+ of New Zealand’s Prettiest Lakes

New Zealand may not have as many beaches as Australia, but it does have some stunningly gorgeous inland bodies of water.

1. Lake Mahinapua (South)

Photo by Laura, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: University College Maastricht)

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 2. Lake Matheson (South)

Photo by Laura, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: University College Maastricht)

Part of Westland Tai Poutini in New Zealand’s West Coast region, beautifully serene Lake Matheson is a favorite for kayaking.

3. Lake Pukaki (South)

Photo by Laura, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: University College Maastricht)

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 4. Lake Taupo (North)

Photo by Kristin, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Purdue University)

Marvel at the views of volcanic mountains towering over New Zealand’s largest lake, which is also the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. Popular activities here include kayaking, sailing, trout fishing, swimming, and more.

5. Lake Tekapo (South)

Photo by Sydney, University of Auckland (home university: George Washington University)

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6. Lake Wakatipu (South)

Photo by Erica, University of Queensland (home university: Syracuse University)

With the backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu makes a scene fit for a postcard. Although beautiful year-round, in the summer months you can enjoy activities like swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

7. Lake Wanaka (South)

Photo by Becky, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Northeastern University)

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8. Lake Rotorua (North)

Photo by Erica, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Syracuse University)

Formed from a volcanic crater over 200,000 years ago, Lake Rotorua is the North Island’s second largest lake. Go for a stroll along the boardwalk, take a paddle boat out on the lake, or try out zorbing — walking or rolling inside a giant plastic orb.

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