Many of the Mackenzie Basin’s rivers and lakes (natural and manmade) are popular boating, sailing and kayaking destinations.


These picturesque lakes are also ideal for waterskiing, wake boarding, kite surfing and windsurfing.

A reminder to all boaties that there is now a launching fee at all Waitaki boat ramps

$5 day or a season ticket $50  for the ramps at Lakes Middleton and Ohau, Sailor’s Cutting (Lake Benmore) and those on Lake Aviemore.($80 for the Falstone and Ohau C ramps). A day ticket can be purchased at the ramp.  A season Ticket can be purchased at the e Caltex Garage in Omarama.

The lakes surrounding Omarama are:

Lake Benmore :-boat ramps at Sailors Cutting and Benmore Dam

Lake Aviemore:

Lake Waitaki:

Lake Ohau:

Lake Pukaki: