Lake Heron, Ashburton Lakes
Image: Jack Mace | ©



Ō Tū Wharekai is nestled amongst high-country tussocklands and set against the towering Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana. It is one of the best examples of an inter-montane wetland system in New Zealand.

The lakes and surrounding area provide opportunities for wind surfing, sailing, bird watching, kayaking, fishing and swimming as well as hunting, mountain biking and walking.

Find things to do and places to stay Ō Tū Wharekai Wetland

Over 30 bird species regular use the lakes and wetlands at Ō Tū Wharekai. Look out for wrybills/ngutu pare, Australasian crested grebes/kāmana and black-fronted terns/tarapirohe.

The lakes at Ō Tū Wharekai are a great place to go kayaking.

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