Lake Tennyson

Lake Tennyson is a lake dammed by glacial moraine, located in the Canterbury high country between Molesworth Recreation Reserve and St James Conservation Areas. The lake is within the headwaters of the Clarence River, with the river flowing through the lake. St James Range lies to the west and the Crimea Range to the east. […]

Lake McRae

Lake McRae is a small alpine lake located on the Molesworth recreation reserve, nestled within the Inland Kaikoura Ranges in Marlborough. The lake was formed when two very large landslides dammed the valley around the end of the last ice age (15 thousand years ago). The lake has since been accumulating sediments mainly from Goat […]

Lake Marion

Lake Marion is located in a native forest catchment north of Lake Sumner, in the Hurunui – Waiau Water Management Zone.  Despite Lake Marion being a relatively undisturbed natural lake, it often has somewhat high concentrations of nutrients. This may be linked to organic inputs from surrounding forest, as well as water remaining in the […]

Te Ruakanakana / Lake Elterwater

The traditional Māori name for Lake Elterwater is Te Ruakanakana. The lake is situated 35km south east of Blenheim, adjacent to State Highway 1. Low hills to the east separate it from the sea, 5km away. The lake is located in a catchment with low rainfall, dry springs and summers, strong winds and moderate winter […]

Lake Sheppard

Lake Sheppard lies is adjacent to Lake Taylor in the Lake Sumner Conservation area. Lake Sheppard’s catchment is more intensively used for pastoral farming than other lakes in the area. Main image by David G. Schmale III, Virginia Tech,

Lake Mason

Lake Mason is situated southwest of Loch Katrine in the Lake Sumner Conservation park. The lake is split in two independent lakes; a deep lake (39 m Lake Mason) and a much shallower second lake (2 m Little Lake Mason). They drain into each other. Lake Mason’s catchment is dominated by mountain beech forest and […]

Waitetemoroiti / Loch Katrine

Waitetemoroiti (Loch Katrine) is a small, glacially formed, high country lake located in Lake Sumner Conservation Park, in the upper Hurunui River catchment ( The lake drains to Lake Sumner through a wetland and narrow channel. It can separate into two basins at low lake levels. Loch Katrine acts as a boat harbour for both […]

Horseshoe Lake (Canterbury)

Horseshoe Lake in the Lewis Pass sits just to the south of the Hope River, close to where it joins the Waiau River. It sits south west of Hamner Springs along State Highway 7.

Mata Kopae / St. Anne’s Lagoon

Matae Kopae (St Anne’s Lagoon) covers 16 hectares in size and measures 1.2 m at its deepest point. The lagoon lies slightly north of the town of Cheviot, in a low-productivity grassland setting.

Lake Rotorua (Canterbury)

Lake Rotorua is a small lowland lake, close to the township of Kaikōura. The lake has high nutrient concentrations and algal biomass volumes and as a result, often encounters cyanobacterial blooms. The lake covers an area of 43.2 hectares, with a maximum depth of 3 m (source