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Here are the 12 lakes we have listed within New Zealand - compared by Largest Lakes - Water Volume.

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Lake Name Volume in acre-feet Lake Description
Lake Taupo
(North Island, New Zealand)
48,642,792 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)
3,777,924 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)
3,259,067 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 Tarawera
(North Island, New Zealand)
1,843,318 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 Brunner
(South Island, New Zealand)
1,833,023 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 Rotorua
(North Island, New Zealand)
705,321 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)
490,000 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 Rotoma
(North Island, New Zealand)
347,423 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 Okareka
(North Island, New Zealand)
51,556 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 Rotoehu
(North Island, New Zealand)
49,454 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 Ferry
(North Island, New Zealand)
7,297 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 Waihola
(South Island, New Zealand)
5,909 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 ...

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