Otematata is a summer-holiday hotspot and is humming with campers, cyclists and other nature lovers during the camping season. There are four council-managed campgrounds in the area with other comfortable accommodation options available too. Positioned on the edge of Lake Aviemore, Otematata is a great base for exploring the two nearby hydro dams, Benmore and Aviemore and taking the spectacular Benmore Peninsular Walk. If you want to see something truly awesome, then take this walk.

Benmore Dam which is the largest rammed earth dam in New Zealand and the second largest hydro-electricity producer in the country. Also nearby is the Otematata Wetlands which is a tranquil place to stop and relax.

As summer winds down and the days shorten, the area transforms with strong autumn colours from golden poplars and willow flanking the edges of the lake.


Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

New Zealand’s longest and most spectacular cycle trail – this is a trail not to be missed. The name says it all; start at Aoraki Mt Cook in the heart of the stunning Southern Alps or the equally beautiful Lake Tekapo Village and wind your way round mountains, deep-blue lakes and canals, then rolling farmland before meeting the Pacific Ocean on the edge of Oamaru Harbour.

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Benmore Peninsula Track

This circuit track passes through a forest and around a peninsula jutting out into Lake Benmore. The views are very impressive -especially earlier in the mornings when the weather is generally calmest. Complete a loop or return the way you came.

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Otematata Wetlands Walk

Otematata Wetlands Walk Time : 30 minutes – 1h for the loop The Otematata Wetlands take in some some fantastic spots along the shoreline of lake Aviemore. This is an excellent network of small tracks, trails, picnic areas and swimming spots, making it the perfect place to enjoy a packed

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