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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 2.5km stroll around the lake takes about 1.5 hrs and there are bird hides to watch the birdlife along the way.
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
This fascinating and alien landscape is a working salt works and, while it has been modified, it still offers good bird watching opportunities.
Also known as Rototoa, lake Ototoa is major lake on the Kaipara Harbour South Head peninsula. At 29 meters deep, it is also the deepest.
Lake Mahinapua is a tranquil lake, it is surrounded by native bush and has a roomy DoC campground. The lake was once a coastal lagoon, but with the build up of coastal dune systems, became a shallow inland lake.
The surface is at an altitude of 150 metres above sea level, and the lake is 463 meters deep. It is New Zealand's deepest lake.