Lake Christabel

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Lake Christabel
Location Grey District, West Coast Region, South Island
Coordinates 42°25′S 172°14′E / 42.417°S 172.233°E / -42.417; 172.233Coordinates: 42°25′S 172°14′E / 42.417°S 172.233°E / -42.417; 172.233
Primary outflows Grey River
Basin countries New Zealand
Surface area 2.6 square kilometres (1.0 sq mi)
Shore length1 8.9 kilometres (5.5 mi)
Surface elevation 655 metres (2,149 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Christabel is a small lake in the north of New Zealand's South Island. It is located 12 kilometres southwest of the Lewis Pass. The lake is the source of the Grey River, one of the longest rivers on the South Island's West Coast, although its outlet is underground.[1] The lake lies behind a landslide dam, thought to have been created by a prehistoric earthquake.[2]


  1. ^ New Zealand 1:50000 Topographic Map series sheet BT22 – Springs Junction
  2. ^ Adams, John (1981). "Earthquake-dammed lakes in New Zealand". Geology. 9 (5): 215. doi:10.1130/0091-7613(1981)9<215:elinz>;2.