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Armand-Jacques Leroy de Saint-Arnaud served as French Minister of War in the Crimean War when he became Commander-in-chief of the French army of the East. Curiously, his name was applied to a small isolated lakeside village on the other side of the world and has remained in use to this day.

New Zealand has a number of lakeside towns and villages. Wanaka, Te Anau, Queenstown and Tekapo are popular locations for New Zealanders and the  thousands of foreign tourists who flock to these scenic hotspots all year round. However, there is one lakeside village that is largely unknown because it is in a region of the South Island not often visited by Kiwis or tourists. In fact, most New Zealanders would be hard pressed to even know where the village was. Lake Rotoiti lacks the beauty of better known South Island lakes such as Lakes Wanaka, Wakatipu, Tekapo and Te Anau so I guess this is one reason this lakeside village is not on the main tourist circuit. read more