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Here are the 26 lakes we have listed within New Zealand - compared by Deepest Lakes.

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Lake Name Maximum depth in feet Lake Description
Lake Wakatipu
(South Island, New Zealand)
1,378 Lake Wakatipu Pictures Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand is fuel for myths, a backdrop for Hollywood movies and a destination for adventure seekers. The depths of Lake Wakatipu reach below sea level where native people believe a giant's heart beats. Its waters were the setting for the movie "The Water Horse: ...
Lake Hawea
(South Island, New Zealand)
1,286 Lake Hawea Pictures Surrounded by towering mountains in Central Otago of New Zealand's South Island, Lake Hawea is a lake that was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. It is in the heart of what is often called a golden country. Central Otago was marked by a powerful gold rush of the 1860s that left a rich history ...
Lake Wanaka
(South Island, New Zealand)
1,000 Lake Wanaka Pictures Formed by glaciers thousands of years ago and located on South Island, New Zealand, Lake Wanaka is New Zealand's fourth largest lake and contains crystal clear water. The name is from the Maori, the first settlers of the area, which means "place of Anaka" who was an early Maori Chief. The lake is fed ...
Lake Te Anau
(South Island, New Zealand)
906 Lake Te Anau Pictures Lake Te Anau, located in the southwestern corner of South Island in New Zealand, is situated with rolling hillside country on the eastern side and magnificent mountains with wilderness forests on the western side. Also stretching out from the western shores are three fiords (long, narrow inlets that ...
Lake Coleridge
(South Island, New Zealand)
656 Lake Coleridge Pictures Nestled snugly between two mountain ranges and surrounded by lush green farming valleys, Lake Coleridge's clear blue waters are a breathtaking wonder in New Zealand's South Island. Set in the high country of the Christchurch-Canterbury region, Lake Coleridge's freshwater basin was molded by the glaciers, ...
Lake Kaniere
(South Island, New Zealand)
640 Lake Kaniere Pictures At 5,436 acres, Lake Kaniere is the second largest lake among the West Coast lakes of the South Island of New Zealand. With 12 miles of shoreline and water as deep as 640 feet, Lake Kaniere drains into the Tasman Sea via the Hokitika River and Kaniere River where there is a small hydroelectric station. ...
Lake Taupo
(North Island, New Zealand)
538 Lake Taupo Pictures If you are making your first visit to New Zealand, Lake Taupo in the Taupo Region of the North Island is an excellent first choice. New Zealand's largest freshwater lake, Lake Taupo is located in the very heart of New Zealand's volcanic and geothermal district. Here, one can explore the surrounding ...
Lake Ohau
(South Island, New Zealand)
423 Lake Ohau Pictures Lake Ohau, in the Mackenzie Basin of the Waitaki District, South Island is an often overlooked lake and mountain paradise. The smallest of three parallel glacial lakes serving as water storage for the Waitaki hydroelectric system, Lake Ohau is connected by artificial canal to Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapu. ...
Lake Rotomahana
(North Island, New Zealand)
410 Lake Rotomahana Pictures The Eighth Wonder of the World was the description conferred upon Lake Rotomahana's geothermal "Pink and White Terraces." The terraces were New Zealand's most famous attraction for intrepid tourists in the mid-19th century, until the massive volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera on June 10, 1886 destroyed ...
Lake Brunner
(South Island, New Zealand)
359 Lake Brunner Pictures Moana Kotuku is what the Maori call Lake Brunner, naming it after the beautiful and rare white herons (kotuku) sometimes seen on the lake's shores. The lake's English name was given in memory of a 19th century British explorer, Thomas Brunner, who was awarded by the British Royal Geographical Society ...
Lake Tarawera
(North Island, New Zealand)
287 Lake Tarawera Pictures Lake Tarawera in the Rotorua District of the Bay of Plenty Region is a highly prized vacation lake. This deep and clear volcanic lake lies in the Okataina volcanic center. Eleven miles east of the City of Rotorua, the lake occupies the Haroharo caldera with Mount Tarawera just over three miles from ...
Lake Rotoiti
(South Island, New Zealand)
276 Lake Rotoiti Pictures Lake Rotoiti, in the Tasman Region of New Zealand is a favorite spot for vacations and holidays. Located within the Nelson Lakes National Park, the deep glacial lake is a favored destination for those wishing to engage in all sorts of water-based activities in beautiful and natural surroundings. The ...
Nelson Lakes
(South Island, New Zealand)
276 Nelson Lakes Pictures Also known as: Lake Rotoiti, Lake Rotoroa, Lake Angelus, Lake Constance, Blue Lake
The Nelson Lakes in New Zealand's Tasman District are some of the most famous yet most remote in the country. Nelson Lakes National Park, located at the northern tip of the Southern Alps, consists of 252,048 acres of protected public lands, snowcapped mountains, gushing streams, waterfalls and hidden ...
Lake Rotoma
(North Island, New Zealand)
272 Lake Rotoma Pictures Lake Rotoma is a remarkable lake. The lake is the easternmost in a chain of three lakes northeast of Lake Rotorua. Here in the Rotorua Region of the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's North Island, Lake Rotoma outshines its mates, Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoehu with its startling clarity. Indeed, Lake Rotoma ...
Lake Maraetai
(North Island, New Zealand)
246 Also known as: Maraetai Reservoir
Lake Maraetai in the Taupo Region of New Zealand's North Island is a little-known vacationer's dream. The 1013 acre reservoir just 33 miles north of Lake Taupo is a new lake; completion of the dam and power stations that form Lake Maraetai occurred in 1971. Created by the third dam on the Waikato River ...
Lake Pukaki
(South Island, New Zealand)
230 Lake Pukaki Pictures Lake Pukaki in the Canterbury region of the South Island is a scenic delight. One of three glacial lakes that lie nearly parallel, the lake gets water from the Tasman River, which is fed by the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers. All three lakes were eventually naturally dammed by glacial moraine, forming ...
Lake Rotorua
(North Island, New Zealand)
147 Lake Rotorua Pictures What greeting will you hear when you come to Lake Rotorua on New Zealand's North Island? Kia ora!! Kia ora means 'Be healthy' or 'well' in the Maori language, and much of the early European settlement at Lake Rotorua was based on health. The geothermal springs with their high mineral content was the ...
Kai Iwi Lakes
(North Island, New Zealand)
121 Also known as: Kai-Iwi Lakes
About 10,000 years ago, while the Tasman Sea was rising and the islands that would become New Zealand were being reshaped, depressions in the late Pleistocene sand compacted and filled with rainwater. Three of the resulting basin dune lakes became known as the Kai Iwi Lakes. Ringed with white sand ...
Lake Tekapo
(South Island, New Zealand)
120 Lake Tekapo Pictures Lake Tekapo is located in the center of South Island, New Zealand. Known for its intense turquoise hue, the lake stays that color because of "rock flour" or finely ground rocks which are suspended in the water and are remnants from the glacial period. The Maori people were the first to live in the ...
Lake Okareka
(North Island, New Zealand)
110 One of four small crater lakes lying between Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotorua in the Rotorua District of the Bay of Plenty, Lake Okareka has always been known for its natural beauty. Lying only eight miles southeast of the city of Rotorua, the lakeshore has become an upscale bedroom community of Rotorua ...
Lake Hayes
(South Island, New Zealand)
108 Lake Hayes Pictures Picturesque when the poplars and willows adorning the lake are aglow with brilliant golds, Lake Hayes is a satisfying subject for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. The lake is located in Central Otago of New Zealand's South Island, an area characterized by its high altitudes among the Southern ...
Lake Karapiro
(North Island, New Zealand)
100 Lake Karapiro Pictures A 1,920-acre reservoir, Lake Karapiro is home to the New Zealand National Rowing teams. Located on the North Island of New Zealand in the Waikato Region, the lake is best known as a world-class rowing venue as well as host to other water sports events such as yachting, powerboating, and water skiing. ...
Lake Clearwater
(South Island, New Zealand)
65 Lake Clearwater Pictures Also known as: Lake Tripp
When the winds are not blowing hard from off the mountains, Lake Clearwater holds images like a broad mirror. In it you can see reflections of the snow-capped Southern Alps that stretch for miles beyond under billowing clouds. No wonder this New Zealand treasure is called Lake Clearwater. The lake, ...
Lake Rotoehu
(North Island, New Zealand)
44 Lake Rotoehu Pictures For the truly traditional New Zealand holiday, one must spend a week or two at Lake Rotoehu! Located in the Rotorua District of the Bay of Plenty Region, North Island, it is the middle lake in a chain of three lying northeast of Rotorua. Like its neighboring lakes Rotoiti and Rotoma, Rotoehu formed ...
Lake Matheson
(South Island, New Zealand)
39 Lake Matheson Pictures The only way to approach Lake Matheson on the south island of New Zealand is on foot. Visitors to the South Westland lake park their cars, then start down the path that leads to the walking track circling the lake. First they must cross the suspension bridge over Clearwater River, Lake Matheson's ...

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