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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Lake Wakatipu. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

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.

Wakatipu basin,


Pounamu -- jade or greenstone,

Gold and gold mining,

The Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu,

Glaciers and glaciation: retreating ice and the glacier legacy,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Glaciers and Gold in Otago - Roadside Stories