Banks Peninsula and Lake Ellesmere, New Zealand – March 5th, 201043.7S 173.0E
Banks Peninsula juts off the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, partly surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Canterbury region, it is adjacent to the largest city in the South Island, Christchurch. The peninsula has a land area of approximately 1,000 km².
Visible along the coast near the peninsula is the green-tinted Lake Ellesmere. It is a broad, shallow lake located directly to the west of Banks Peninsula, separated from the Pacific Ocean by a long narrow strip of land called Kaitorete Spit.
The lake covers an area of 180 km² (70 mi²), and is the largest lake in the alluvial fan of the Canterbury Plains. The main river that feeds the lake is the Selwyn. The ecosystem of Lake Ellesmere is severely threatened as a result of human activity on the Canterbury plains.