Lake Alabaster

Coordinates: 44°31′S 168°10′E / 44.517°S 168.167°E / -44.517; 168.167
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Lake Alabaster / Wāwāhi Waka
Lake Alabaster at the Hollyford Track
Lake Alabaster at the Hollyford Track, New Zealand.
Location of Lake Alabaster / Wāwāhi Waka
Location of Lake Alabaster / Wāwāhi Waka
Lake Alabaster / Wāwāhi Waka
LocationSouth Island
Coordinates44°31′S 168°10′E / 44.517°S 168.167°E / -44.517; 168.167
Primary inflowsPyke River
Primary outflowsPyke River
Basin countriesNew Zealand
Max. length6 km (3.7 mi)
Surface area7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)

Lake Alabaster / Wāwāhi Waka, also known by the Māori name of Waiwahuika, lies at the northern end of Fiordland, in the southwest of New Zealand's South Island.[1] The lake runs from northeast to southwest, is five kilometres (3.1 mi), and covers seven km2 (2.7 sq mi).[2]

Lake Alabaster drains, and is drained by, the Pyke River, a small tributary of the Hollyford River / Whakatipu Kā Tuka.[3] It is one of two lakes (along with Lake McKerrow / Whakatipu Waitai) found in the lower reaches of the Hollyford River system.[4] A branch of the Hollyford Track, one of New Zealand's most well-known and popular tramping tracks, extends along the eastern shore of the lake.[1]

The lake was formed at the southern end of a glacial valley and, had the sea level been slightly higher, would have been the northern arm of what might have been McKerrow Fiord.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Everything you need to know about the Hollyford Track". 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  2. ^ J Irwin (1975). "Checklist of New Zealand lakes" (PDF). New Zealand Oceanographic Institute Memoir. 74: 1–161. ISSN 0083-7903. Wikidata Q66412037.
  3. ^ Grzelewski, Derek (2014). Going to extremes : adventures in unknown New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-86953-826-2. OCLC 881768862.
  4. ^ The story of Fiordland National Park : mountains of water. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Lands & Survey. 1986. p. 144. ISBN 0-477-06140-0. OCLC 43039606.