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Lakes in Oceania - photos


Oceania has a variety of lakes situated in different climatic zones. New Zealand in particular is a land of lakes, some which are pictured in postcards reflecting the Southern Alps in the South Island. Some lakes in the North Island are thermally heated due to intense volcanic activity. The biggest lake is Lake Taupo which hides the crater of a super volcano, the world's most destructive in the last 60,000 years. While parts of this lake are thermally heated, the world's largest boiling hot spring is Frying Pan Lake in Rotorua.

Australia has lakes which are situated in the tropics, temperate, and sub-alpine climatic zones. The largest lake in Australia is Lake Eyre which is the lowest natural point in Australia. However, it fills up with water around three times a century and then slowly disappears until salt plains appear. Every few years though smaller floods add water to the lake and about every decade a bigger flood occurs. The salt flats of Lake Eyre are sometimes used for land speed record attempts. The surrounding South Pacific Islands have few lakes as many of these islands are not large enough to support inland bodies of water.

Lake Wakatipu - New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu photos

Lake Bellfield - Australia

Lake Bellfield photos

Lake Pukaki - New Zealand

Lake Pukaki photos

Rotorua Lakes - New Zealand

Rotorua Lakes photos

Lake Taupo - New Zealand

Lake Taupo photos

Lake Wairarapa - New Zealand

Lake Wairarapa photos

Lake Wanaka - New Zealand

Lake Wanaka photos

Lake Hawea - New Zealand

Lake Hawea photos

Lake Manapouri - New Zealand

Lake Manapouri photos


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  • Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)

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