Lake Hawea can be found in the Otago Region of New Zealand. It's name is M?ori, and is thought to be named after a local tribe though the exact meaning is uncertain.
Tthe lake is 35 kilometres long. It lies in a glacial valley formed during the last ice age, and is fed by the Hunter River. Nearby Lake Wanaka lies in a parallel glacial valley eight kilometres to the west. At their closest point the lakes are only 1000 metres apart. Lake Hawea is dammed to the south by an ancient terminal moraine created some 10,000 years ago.
The settlement of Hawea is found at the lake's southern shore.
The lake is a popular resort, and is well 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 nearby.
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