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Here are the 28 lakes we have listed within New Zealand - compared by Largest Lakes - Acres.

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Lake Name Area in acres Lake Description
Lake Taupo
(North Island, New Zealand)
152,216 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 Te Anau
(South Island, New Zealand)
86,981 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 Wakatipu
(South Island, New Zealand)
71,908 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 Pukaki
(South Island, New Zealand)
49,421 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 Wanaka
(South Island, New Zealand)
47,445 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 Hawea
(South Island, New Zealand)
34,842 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 Rotorua
(North Island, New Zealand)
19,714 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 Tekapo
(South Island, New Zealand)
15,360 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 Ohau
(South Island, New Zealand)
13,344 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 Coleridge
(South Island, New Zealand)
11,614 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 Brunner
(South Island, New Zealand)
10,151 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)
10,131 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 Kaniere
(South Island, New Zealand)
5,436 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 Rotoma
(North Island, New Zealand)
2,768 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 Arapuni
(North Island, New Zealand)
2,323 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 New Zealand. The long narrow lake stretches 22 miles along the Waikato River providing both electricity and fantastic recreation opportunities. Arapuni ...
Lake Rotomahana
(North Island, New Zealand)
2,224 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 Waihola
(South Island, New Zealand)
2,224 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 shallow which is reflected in its name. In the language of the Maori, the earliest known people in the area, Waihora means "spreading waters." In ...
Lake Rotoehu
(North Island, New Zealand)
2,002 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 Karapiro
(North Island, New Zealand)
1,920 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 Ferry
(North Island, New Zealand)
1,557 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 barrier, the structure that keeps the sea's waters partially separated from the inlet. It's been said that Lake Ferry feels like the edge of the world. Lake ...
Lake Heron
(South Island, New Zealand)
1,556 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 Maraetai
(North Island, New Zealand)
1,013 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 Okareka
(North Island, New Zealand)
865 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 ...
Kai Iwi Lakes
(North Island, New Zealand)
754 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 Hayes
(South Island, New Zealand)
682 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 ...

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