About Lake Hawea Tours

Our Story at Lake Hawea Tours

While tent bound in the Southern Alps on another sleepless night through a three day rainstorm, the idea of Lake Hawea Tours was born. “This hardcore end of the tourism spectrum is not for everyone,” I thought, what about a venture that will appeal to a wider audience and give me the chance to share some of my favourite places closer to home?

Born and bred at Lake Hawea and raised on a local farm I always had a strong interest in the outdoors. Working for a local agricultural contractor I traveled to and worked at many of the High Country Stations in Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka and Lindis Pass regions.

Over a period of time I meet a number of High Country farmer’s who owned many of the iconic sheep and cattle stations. It takes time but once you earn the respect of the people of the High Country (which I did by huge days in the sheep yards) they will look after you. Many of those relationships formed nearly 20 years ago are the building blocks on which Lake Hawea Tours has been formed. These hard working people continue to amaze me and I remind myself every time that we are touring through their land that it is a privilege to be there.

Come and experience the Lake Hawea region, Lake Hawea Tours has exclusive access to a number of High Country Stations. How you choose to enjoy these lands is up to you, tour from the comfort of a modern 4×4 vehicle, bike untouched tracks or hike untouched trails; all in the hands of an experienced local guide.

The McCarthy’s originally travelled some 300km’s in the 1860’s on foot from Dunedin to the Cardrona Valley in search of gold. When the gold rush ended they took up farming at Lake Hawea and have been there ever since. Chris McCarthy Head Guide and Operations Director is part of the 5th Generation of McCarthy’s at Lake Hawea. Chris has been a tourism operator since 2006.

“Our objective is for everyone to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding outdoor experience.”