In my top ten favourite lakes, Lake Rotoiti within Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand is just simply gorgeous – and yet I’ve only seen a fraction of its beauty!
Having family that live in the beautiful Marlborough and Tasman regions of New Zealand’s south island means that I am lucky enough to be shown the dynamic and gorgeous natural wonders of this spectacular country.
My first visit to this area of New Zealand started with a big delicious lunch at a nearby family farm. The rolling farm hills and mountainous terrain in every direction is really quite mesmerizing to watch as you tuck into a large feast of Christmassy leftover, sitting on the front porch. Of course, fending off a hungry Bella becomes part of this Boxing Day ritual too!
After trekking around the farm on a motorbike, then a horse, then getting lost (!), we finally made our way back to the farmhouse and drove down to Lake Rotoiti. As you drive towards Rotoiti you increasingly become aware of the mountain ranges rising up around you as the horizon shrinks away. At this time of year you would be lucky to see white caps on the very tops of the mountains but in winter the lower snowfall provides quite a different and spectacular view compared to my summer pictures.
The lake is popular for fishing and water sports such as water skiing, kayaking and canoeing. I’d definitely recommend hiking around the edge of the lake along a mountain walking track (although I didn’t get to do it this visit). And I think it’s ok to swim in the lake however I saw A LOT of eels in the water (eep!).
It’s easy to say that Lake Rotoiti is spectacular, but really, is ANY landscape in New Zealand NOT spectacular? I challenge anyone to find a bad landscape in NZ. For this reason, visit New Zealand with PLENTY of film, and if you’re lucky enough to own one, a Horizon Perfekt and you’re all set!