Lake Hauroko

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Lake Hauroko
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Location Fiordland National Park, Southland District, Southland Region, South Island
Coordinates 46°00′S 167°20′E / 46.000°S 167.333°E / -46.000; 167.333Coordinates: 46°00′S 167°20′E / 46.000°S 167.333°E / -46.000; 167.333
Primary outflows Wairaurahiri River
Basin countries New Zealand
Max. length 40 km
Surface area 63 km²
Max. depth 463 m
Islands 1 (Mary Island)

Lake Hauroko is located in a mountain valley in Fiordland National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. The long S-shaped lake is 30 kilometres in length and covers an area of 63 km². The surface is at an altitude of 150 metres above sea level, and the lake is 463 metres deep. It is New Zealand's deepest lake.


One of the country's southernmost lakes, it is 35 kilometres northwest of Tuatapere, between the similarly-sized lakes Monowai and Poteriteri. It drains via the 20 kilometre-long Wairaurahiri River into Foveaux Strait 10 kilometres to the west of Te Waewae Bay.

The main island on the lake, Mary Island, is the focus of several local myths, including one that the island is subject to a Māori curse. Such stories are dismissed by local Māori.

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