Lake Wanaka level reaching record low

Lowest level 276.335 metres on Sunday 11 June 2017. This is the lowest the lake has been since 31 July 2010 when it dipped to 276.32. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

Cover image: Lake Wanaka reached its lowest level of 276.335 metres on Sunday 11 June 2017.  This is the lowest the lake has been since 31 July 2010 when it dipped to 276.32.  Photo: Lake Wanaka jetty. Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun


Over the last couple of months, the lack of rainfall has seen the level of Lake Wanaka steadily drop. Many locals have commented they haven’t seen the lake this low before.

NIWA environmental technician Kathy Walker said, “I’ve been talking to my colleagues and they said the lake is very low for this time of year.”

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Readings provided by NIWA show the lowest level over the weekend was 276.335 metres on Sunday June 11 at 14:25. Data is collected by NIWA and Contact Energy.

The recorded level on the weekend is one of the lowest ever recorded since records of the lake started, with the lowest level of the lake being recorded on September 25, 1935 at a level of 276.26 metres.

Levels similar to the weekend’s levels were recorded in 1966, 1974, 1977, 1991, 2003 and 2010.

Kathy said that rain and strong winds are predicted for Monday and Tuesday, with the lake level expected to rise.

  •   •  Pictured: Dublin Bay, Lake Wanaka (June 2017) - compared to January 2017 below...

  •   •  Pictured (below): Dublin Bay, Lake Wanaka (January 2017) Photos: Nikki Heath

RELATED: Lake Wanaka at lowest level in three years (13 Apr, 2017) Wanaka Sun


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