Moke Lake, New Zealand: Top of the Lake

New Zealand: Top of the LakeMoke Lake: The Women's Container Village

Location

Just 6 kilometres west of Queenstown on the Glenorchy Road is a discreet little turn off. Mostly gravel, this 7 kilometer road will take you down to the heart-shaped lake that features in the first season of Jane Campion's Top of the Lake.

Moke Lake.

Moke Lake.

Although so close to the tourist epicentre of Queenstown, Moke Lake is truly off the beaten track. There is a small Department of Conservation campsite here, and a walking track called the Moke Lake Loop Track that will lead you around the lake. The walk takes between two and three hours.

If you are travelling to Moke Lake in winter, a four-wheel drive vehicle may be required.

The view up the valley behind the lake is just as spectacular.

The view up the valley behind the lake is just as spectacular.

 

Key Scenes

Not to be confused with the real Paradise, a settlement near the town of Glenorchy, this gated 'paradise' of shipping containers at the lakefront is the site of the feminist commune in Top of the Lake. Many of the characters in the show come here to seek advice or information from the commune's prophet-like leader GJ (Holly Hunter), who reigns supreme from her armchair as the wind sweeps over the tussock-like grasses and mountains beyond.  

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