I am going to start this blog with a disclaimer… I have WAY more than five reasons but for the sake of your time and sanity, I am sticking to five reasons why you need to book a weekend escape to this beautiful little lake nestled in the mountains. Lake Hawea is often a quick stop off or a drive-through for most on their way to the West Coast of New Zealand or on to Lake Wanaka. BUT let me stop you right here, literally, stop in Hawea and discover the magic we did while on a little staycation in our backyard.
Explore your own backyard… you never know what treasures you will find
Ain’t that the truth. Who knew that this little town just a short 15-minute drive from Wanaka would hold so much to do. Not only is the landscape beautiful, enough to have you lost in the views for a good few hours there is so much to do here that may slip under your radar. Hike, bike, kayak, surf the man-made wave, swim, and take your boat or Jetski out for a hoon.
Swim in a glacial lake
It hit 35 degree’s as I laid back on the pebbly beach in Hawea, not only was I in the ultimate summer relaxation mode but also bagged myself a free hot stone massage with epic views and the chance to cool off in a glacial lake was an added bonus. I feel like the above should sit on everyone’s New Zealand bucket list – we have quite a few to choose from. So grab your togs (swimsuit) and dip more than just your toes in the icy blue goodness.
Explore the area on an E-Bike
If you have never been on an E-Bike then quite frankly friend, you are missing out. It is epic. You can cover so much more ground with the added assistance but still get the active adventure buzz you set out for on your holiday. With a huge amount of trails from Hawea, to Wanaka and even down to Luggate along the Clutha river you are spoilt for choice with views, mountains, and trails. E-Biking opens up cycling to anyone of any age or ability, meaning that all can get involved during a trip to Hawea and the surroundings.
Stay in your very own glamping tent
There is nothing quite like glamping. All the feels of real camping in a beautiful forest setting with uninterrupted views of Lake Hawea and the mountains that surround but with the bonus of home comforts. A king-sized bed, fresh towels, a relaxing porch area, and even a dinner delivery service means that you can fully hit the relax button from the moment you arrive in camp. We stayed awake for hours chatting under the fairy lights in our tent, wandering back and forward from the kitchen area with hot cups of tea and midnight snacks. In the morning you can even grab a freshly made barista coffee from the coffee cart to wake you up nicely.
Hike, bike, relax, and hot tub under the clear night sky
Lake Hawea gives you access to some incredible hiking trails. Isthmus Peak, Breast Hill, and Sawyer Burn just to name a few. You will also find an extensive cycle trail network here plus mountain biking for the more adventurous folk. After all that activity and hard work, there is nothing quite like the feeling of slipping into a wood-fired tub and watching the day turn into night. After a day exploring Hawea on a bike or foot make sure you arrive at your hot tub early to make the most of the beautiful views. With zero light pollution on the property, you will be in for a real treat on a clear night. The stars are incredible and the milky way peppers the sky, I promise it will leave you speechless.