Lake McCrae

Last Modified: 26-8-2021 21:42


Lake McCrae is a remote, alpine lake in south Marlborough in the Molesworth region, formed by landslides approximately 15,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. The lake is at an altitude of 900m, and has an area of 65 hectares. In spite of its remoteness, the area around the lake has been heavily infested with introduced willows. In spite of the invasive willows, a number of endemic alpine plant species can be found around the lake. The higher slopes of the surrounding mountains are treeless, however there are areas around the lake with remnants of totara forest.

There is a DOC hut near the lake, however access is difficult as there are no formed tracks to the lake, with access via a tramping route from Molesworth or from the Clarence valley.

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Cookson, C. (2021). Lake McCrae. Retrieved December, 5, 2023, from