Lake Benmore

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Enjoy a number of DOC tracks in the Lake Benmore and Aviemore area. The lakes are also popular with boating and fishing enthusiasts.

Place overview


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Lake Benmore and Lake Aviemore area

About this place

Nature and conservation

Benmore Range fellfield.
Benmore Range fellfield

Benmore Range conservation area contains slim snow tussock (Chionochloa macra) and narrow-leaved snow tussock (Chionochloa rigida) as well as an array of alpine herbs amongst extensive fellfields along the summit ridge.

The New Zealand falcon/kārearea, sky lark, chukor, California quail and the New Zealand pipit/pihoihoi can all be found in the conservation area, as well as the common skink and common gecko.

History and culture

Lake Aviemore and Lake Benmore are both artificially created lakes that form part of the Waitaki hydroelectric scheme. 

Lake Benmore has New Zealand's largest earth dam.

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