Little Lake Wisely
Little Lake Wisely is a high mountain lake at 1200 metres above sea level. It is found towards the north-western flank of the Murchison Mountains, amongst alpine habitat with takahe resident, in what is perhaps 'classic' takahe habitat.
The Murchison Mountains are located to the west of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland National Park. The rediscovery in 1948 of the takahe, a large, flightless rail; generated considerable international interest and prompted the New Zealand Government to declare the Murchison Range of 50,000 hectares, as a "Special Area". There are tight restrictions upon access in this area and with extensive predator trapping and deer control, it is a haven for a wealth of native fauna and flora such as takahe, mohua and whio.