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Here are the 15 lakes we have listed within New Zealand - compared by Longest Shorelines.

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Lake Name Shoreline length in miles Lake Description
Lake Te Anau
(South Island, New Zealand)
323 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 Taupo
(North Island, New Zealand)
95 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 Pukaki
(South Island, New Zealand)
46 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 Ohau
(South Island, New Zealand)
28 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 Rotorua
(North Island, New Zealand)
25 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 ...
Lake Tarawera
(North Island, New Zealand)
23 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 Rotoehu
(North Island, New Zealand)
15 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 Rotoiti
(South Island, New Zealand)
14 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)
14 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 Maraetai
(North Island, New Zealand)
13 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 Rotoma
(North Island, New Zealand)
13 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 Heron
(South Island, New Zealand)
12 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 a shoreline of 12 miles and an average depth of 118 feet, Lake Heron is one of the premier lakes of the region, which also includes other Ashburton lakes ...
Lake Kaniere
(South Island, New Zealand)
12 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 Okareka
(North Island, New Zealand)
7 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 Matheson
(South Island, New Zealand)
1 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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