Location: Approximately 90 mins west of Christchurch


Waterfall near Lake Coleridge The Lake Coleridge area is a diverse high-country location which maintains a balance between the needs of farming, industry and tourism on the one hand and retaining its original wilderness qualities on the other.

The dramatic climate makes the area an all-year-round recreational destination with both adrenaline junkies and those seeking calm reflection, enjoying water, ice and snow sports.

The Lake Coleridge area has now become a prosperous farming and tourism region but people here still retain the friendly, resourceful country spirit their forebears needed to settle this wild and dramatic landscape.

New Zealand history was made at Lake Coleridge (“Whakamatau”-- in Maori), when construction of the country's first state hydroelectric scheme was commenced in 1911. Then 1915 saw another New Zealand milestone when a prototype 'show home' was built in the township to show off the benefits of an all new electric home.

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