Lake Wanaka is situated in the Otago locale of New Zealand, at an elevation of 300 meters. Covering a region of 192 km2 (74 sq mi), it is New Zealand's fourth biggest lake, and assessed to be more than 300 m (980 ft) profound. Its name is Māori, a defilement of Oanaka. Wanaka is a town on the lake with which it shares its name. Lake Wanaka lies at the heart of the Otago Lakes in the lower South Island of New Zealand. The township is arranged in an icy mass cut bowl on the shores of the lake and is the entryway to Mt Aspiring National Park. Lake Hāwea is a 15-minute head out, on the way to the wilderness town of Makarora, the last stop before the West Coast Glacier area. Toward the south is the memorable Cardrona Valley, offering a snow capped course to neighboring Queenstown.