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Tauranga Harbour and Lakes Rotorua and Tarawera, New Zealand

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December 25th, 2011 Category: Lakes

New Zealand - December 22nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Tauranga Harbour (upper left quadrant, top), Lake Rotorua (rounded, bottom center) and Lake Tarawera (smaller, right of former) on New Zealand’s North Island. The harbour is the location of the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand’s largest export port.

Lake Rotorua is the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand by surface area, and covers 79.8km2. With a mean depth of only 10 metres it is considerably smaller than nearby Lake Tarawera in terms of volume of water. It is located in the Bay of Plenty region. The city of Rotorua is sited on its southern shore, and the town of Ngongotaha is at the western edge of the lake. The lake was formed from the crater of a large volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.

Lake Tarawera is the largest of a series of lakes which surround the volcano Mount Tarawera in the North Island of New Zealand. Like the mountain, it lies within the Okataina caldera. It is located 18 kilometres to the east of Rotorua, and five kilometres to the west of the mountain. The lake’s surface area is 39 kmĀ².