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Roadside Stories: Glaciers and gold at Lake Wakatipu

The ice-age glaciers that gouged the land to form Lake Wakatipu also released precious stones from the earth. For Māori the lake was a source of prized greenstone, and in the 1860s Europeans flocked to the area in search of gold.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Lake Wakatipu. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago places - Wakatipu basin', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35363/roadside-stories-glaciers-and-gold-at-lake-wakatipu (accessed 17 September 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 29 Jul 2015