Lake Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo

New Zealand


The high country lakes in the Mackenzie Country are beautiful. I visited Lake Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo on my travels this winter.


Lake Ohau is a glacial lake and is fed by the Hopkins and Dobson rivers. It is the smallest of three lakes that all run roughly parallel along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin. Lake Ohau covers around 60 km².


I decided to use a new filter for my camera that I bought to enable me to lake long-exposures in the daylight. It worked really well and I am excited to keep experimenting with it. I need to try to get my shutter-release cable working again because it would make the process a lot easier!

All three lakes were created when the terminal moraines of receding glaciers blocked their respective valleys, forming moraine-dammed lakes.

They have a distinctive blue colour which is created by glacial flour – the extremely finely ground rock particles from the glaciers. Lake Pukaki covers 178.7 km² and the surface elevation of the lake normally ranges from 518 to 532 metres above sea level.



Lake Tekapo, probably one of the more common tourist destinations, covers an area of 83 square kilometres and is at an altitude of 710 metres above sea level.


Information collected from Wikipedia.