Archives for October 2019


There are a staggering 3, 820 lakes in New Zealand. These are contained in a land area of just 268,000 square kms. By comparison, Britain with a land area similar to New Zealand has only 387 lakes!  With such a large number spread around New Zealand, it is probably no surprise that some can be classed as ‘secret lakes’. In other words, they are unknown by most Kiwis because many are buried deep in the spectacular alpine areas of the country.

In the years I worked as a TV cameraman, I visited a couple of these inaccessible lakes in the mountains of Otago and Fiordland. I was always taken by two things: the stillness of the location and the clarity of the water in the lakes. (We used helicopters to get to them). read more