Down And Up The Lake – Lake Hawea

Lake HaweaWe enjoyed a couple of nights at Lake Hawea last week, with lakeside seats. A mean wind blew down the lake but this was more than made up for by the views up the lake. The wonderful thing about the Central Otago lakes is that they are ringed by hills and mountains. These hills and mountains provide a constantly changing light show, particularly at the darker ends of the day. And the lakes are an even-more volatile part of the landscape; sometimes glassy and reflective, sometimes windy and miserable, and everything else in between.

Lake Hawea and mountains - morning

Lake Hawea and mountains – early morning on the first morning

Lake Hawea and mountains - morning

Lake Hawea and mountains – early morning on the last morning

Lake Hawea and mountains - middle of the day

Lake Hawea and mountains – middle of the day

Lake Hawea and mountains - late afternoon

Lake Hawea and mountains – late afternoon. Timaru Creek is the shaded valley coming into the lake left of the middle of the picture.

Lake Hawea and mountains - end of the day

Lake Hawea and mountains – end of the day

Should I mention the cafe at the Lake Hawea shop? The yummy muffins? The gorgeous-looking carrot cake? I say ‘looking’ because that was as close as we got thanks to huge amounts of willpower.

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