The largest lake in the northwestern South Island with a great reputation for fishing.
If you have a couple of hours or a couple of days this is a great area to get out and explore. There are a range of walks available in the area ranging in duration from 20 minutes to 8 hours.
The Maori name for the lake is Kotuku Whakaoho, meaning the 'sea of herons'. The present name commemorates Thomas Brunner who, in 1848, became the first European to see the lake during his epic 550 day exploration of the region with Kehu and other Maori guides.
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