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Lake Ellesmere / Te Waihora by Banks Peninsula, New Zealand – December 9th, 2011

43.7S 172.4E

December 9th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

New Zealand - November 25th, 2011

Lake Ellesmere / Te Waihora, tan in color, is located in the Canterbury Region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is actually a broad, shallow lagoon located directly to the west of Banks Peninsula, separated from the Pacific Ocean by a long narrow sandy spit called Kaitorete Spit, or more correctly Kaitorete Barrier.

The Banks Peninsula is a peninsula of volcanic origin on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It has an area of approximately 1,150 square kilometres (440 sq mi) and encompasses two large harbours and many smaller bays and coves. The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is located immediately north of the peninsula.

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