Lake Rotomairewhenua is the clearest freshwater lake in the world. But that could be its undoing.
The reputation of the lake, which is in the Nelson Lakes district, has seen the number of trampers visiting its shores grow over the last few years.
The lake is a day two walk on the Te Araroa track, and trampers have been seen washing dirty dishes in it, and leaving their toilet waste near the shore.
DoCs senior ranger for the Nelson Lakes District Phil Crawford tells Jesse what DoC is doing to try and protect the small lake from human contamination.
talks about what they're doing to prevent degradation of Blue Lake that includes some help from the New Zealand Defence Force.