Lake Wanaka is located in the Otago region of New Zealand, it is New Zealand's
fourth largest lake, and estimated to be more than 300 m (980 ft) deep. Its name
is Māori, a corruption of Oanaka ('The place of Anaka', a local tribal chief).
Wanaka is a town on the lake with which it shares its name.
is situated in a glacier carved basin on the shores of the lake and is the
gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park. Lake Hāwea is a 15 minute drive away, en
route to the frontier town of Makarora, the last stop before the West Coast
Glacier region. To the south is the historic Cardrona Valley, offering an alpine
route to neighbouring Queenstown.
In addition to ongoing sheep farming,
the lake is now a popular resort, and is much used in the summer for fishing,
boating and swimming. The nearby mountains and fast-flowing rivers allow for
adventure tourism year-round, with jetboating and skiing facilities located