Lake Benmore and Lake Aviemore area
Located in the Canterbury region
IntroductionEnjoy a number of DOC tracks in the Lake Benmore and Aviemore area. The lakes are also popular with boating and fishing enthusiasts.
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Lakes Benmore and Aviemore attract many boating enthusiasts, whether it be power boats, yachting or windsurfing. Jetskis and wave riders are also popular.
Lake Benmore is well-known for its trout. It has healthy stocks of both rainbow and brown trout. Chinook salmon and sockeye salmon can also be found.
The expansive Lake Aviemore also has good numbers of brown and rainbow trout.
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.
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.