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Lake Opuha

City : Fairlie, New Zealand

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    • January 2018
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      Cha Chou reviewed Lake Opuha
      Fairlie - New Zealand
      Added on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:30:29 +0000

      A great little lake just out of Fairlie that is a lot more quiet than the big and more popular Southern Lakes. Bonus, if you have a self-contained campervan/caravan (see the NZ Freedom Camping regulations) you're allowed to camp there for 3 nights (however not around Xmas time) which is pretty awesome. Great easy access, you can launch from multiple spots/ramps around the lake. However, firstly because it gets the alpine winds which can be very treacherous and also because there is a dam up stream I would be cautious when heading out (people die every year on the southern lakes in NZ when they get caught in the winds sadly :'( ) and probably wouldn't recommend it to complete beginners unless accompanied with more experienced paddlers. BYO gear only as there are no rentals around. There is also a nice DOC (Department of Conservation) campsite nearby at Pioneer Park which doesn't require you to be self-contained and cost $8/person/night. If you're passing through on your way to or from the Lakes further south I would definitely recommend this spot as a great picnic/paddle stop =)

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      Cha Chou at Lake Opuha
      Fairlie - New Zealand
      Added on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:22:08 +0000

      Session date : 09/01/2018

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle



      *** Not an actual paddle *** SOOOO windy when we got there so didn't get the board out! It died off a bit but those alpine winds come in monstrous gusts and I didn't want to have to walk back =D However, this little lake just out of Fairlie is a brilliant spot, and even though there were still a few boats out, it is far less crowded than most of the neighbouring and more popular lakes. I will definitely go back to check it out! =)

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