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Kai Iwi Lakes 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 ...
Lake Arapuni In Maori one of the meanings of "ara puni" is "blocked path" making Arapuni Lake an appropriate name for the man made reservoir on the North Island of ...
Lake Brunner 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 Clearwater 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 ...
Lake Coleridge 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 ...
Lake Ferry Lake Ferry Pictures Also known as: Lake Onoke
Lake Ferry, also known as Lake Onoke, sits at the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island. The waves of the Tasman Sea crash against a narrow gravel ...
Lake Hawea 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. ...
Lake Hayes 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 ...
Lake Heron Lake Heron Pictures Located in the Christchurch/Canterbury Region of the South Island of New Zealand, Lake Heron is the largest of the Ashburton lakes at 1556 acres. With ...
Lake Kaniere 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 ...
Lake Karapiro 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, ...
Lake Maraetai 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 ...
Lake Matheson 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 ...
Lake Ohau 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 ...
Lake Okareka 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 ...
Lake Pukaki 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 ...
Lake Rotoehu 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, ...
Lake Rotoiti 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 ...
Lake Rotoma 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 ...
Lake Rotomahana 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 ...
Lake Rotorua 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, ...
Lake Tarawera 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 ...
Lake Taupo 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 ...
Lake Te Anau 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 ...
Lake Tekapo 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" ...
Lake Tutira Lake Tutira, located on New Zealand's North Island, is peaceful and scenic destination for nature lovers, especially bird watchers. The lake was declared ...
Lake Waihola Lake Waihola Pictures Located on New Zealand's South Island, Lake Waihola is situated in a quiet region that makes a peaceful retreat. Almost 4 miles long, the lake is very ...
Lake Wakatipu 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 ...
Lake Wanaka 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 ...
Nelson Lakes 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 ...
Opunake Lake Opunake Lake is situated off the coast of New Zealand near the town of Taranaki. Once a natural basin next to the Wajaur River, Opunake Lake was formed ...

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