Lake Hawea provides peaceful and secluded fishing
for a good population of brown and rainbow trout and a small population
of quinnat salmon.
trout, rainbow trout, salmon.
is situated between Wanaka and Makaroa, on SH6, on the Haast
The lake is surrounded by a small gravel
beaches and tussock-covered banks and is located in a very
beautiful valley amidst mountains and some of the very best
scenery in the Otago region.
map with topography
topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260
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|| A partial access map of Lake
Hawea is included in the Lake
Wanaka access pamphlet.
of fish depend on the fluctuating level of the lake which
rises and falls as water is drawn off for power generation.
When the level rises in the warmer months, trout move close
to the shore to feed on the insects that have colonised the
previously exposed lake bed.
Much of the shoreline is inaccessible
making a boat the only way to reach most of the productive
fishing areas. Favoured spots are the Neck, on the north-west
side about halfway up the lake, the Hunter River delta at
the northern tip, the camping ground at the southern end and
Silver Island, on the eastern side of the lake opposite the
The section 2km from the access road to
the Neck, called Hunter Valley Junction, offers good spinning
or fly fishing and can have a very good evening rise. Fish
can be spotted cruising the shoreline along this section.
along the east and west of the lake provide numerous access
points. Access to The Neck is possible from SH6 and from the
road to Hunter Valley Station off SH6, although only by foot
after heavy rain. Exposed mud makes even foot access
difficult when the lake level is low.
There are boat ramps:
- Next to the campground, off SH6 near
- Off SH6, south of Hunter Valley Station
- Off Hunter Valley Station Road
Lake Hawea access map.
Gates locked at head of Hawea River
28 July 2008
The actions of a rogue motorcyclist have
prompting Contact Energy to lock the gates to the head of
the Hawea River that provide access to the dam and the Hawea
river head area, preventing public access to the downstream
face. The area is owned by Contact Energy and the power generator
has been happy to provide kayakers and anglers with vehicle
access to the river. The Lake Hawea Community Association
appealed to the community to help stop the sort of stupid
activity that risks having the dam area and Hawea river head
area closed off for public access by a chain-link fence.
Wet flies / Streamers:
Killer and large yellow or brown streamer patterns such
as rabbit .
or black Toby,
||Tributaries to Lake Hawea are:
- Timaru River
||Artificial fly, spinner, bait
|Size limit (cm)
||Fishing from boats is permitted.
If fishing from a mechanically propelled boat, the boat must
stay at least 100m from any angler fishing from the shore.
Lime Tree Lodge
Kingston Holiday Park