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At the foot of the Remarkable ranges, you would be hard pressed to find a more scenic landscape. Lake Wakatipu is the third largest in New Zealand at 291 square km, reaching depths of 380m.
Lake Rotorua is the second biggest lake in the North Island, but is more notably known, for being in the heart of New Zealand
Lignite Pit Scenic Stop is a disused lignite mine, which has been transformed into a 16 acre lakeside garden, featuring walls of lignite and retaining the original pit shape.
Lake Tekapo is a highland lake at 710 metres above sea level, surrounded by a vast basin of golden tussock grass. The lake itself is famous for its striking turquoise colour.
The gardens at Larnach Castle have been rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of International Significance. The gardens are Margaret Barker's personal creation over 45 years - not only is she a restorer of historic buildings, but also
The 2.5km stroll around the lake takes about 1.5 hrs and there are bird hides to watch the birdlife along the way.
This fascinating and alien landscape is a working salt works and, while it has been modified, it still offers good bird watching opportunities.