Lake Hood

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Lake Hood
Lake Hood 08.JPG
Lake Hood in 2012
Location Canterbury, South Island
Coordinates 43°58′04″S 171°46′18″E / 43.9678°S 171.7716°E / -43.9678; 171.7716Coordinates: 43°58′04″S 171°46′18″E / 43.9678°S 171.7716°E / -43.9678; 171.7716
Type artificial lake
Basin countries New Zealand
Max. length 2.3 km (1.4 mi)
Max. width 1 km (0.62 mi)
Surface area 80 hectares (0.80 km2)

Lake Hood is a man-made recreational lake, located 6 km south-east of Tinwald in the locality of Huntingdon, Canterbury, New Zealand. It was opened in 2001 by the Right Honourable Jenny Shipley. It is 2.3 km long by 1 km wide and is more than 80 hectares (0.80 km2) in area. It features an eight lane rowing course and separate waterskiing and jet skiing areas, and is home to Water Ski Lake Hood.[1] It is increasing in popularity for rowing, as it is not as susceptible to wind as the main South Island rowing venue, Lake Ruataniwha.[2]

A substantial housing subdivision, serving as a satellite suburb of Ashburton has been built surrounding the lake.


  1. ^ "Water skiers set for big contests". Ashburton Guardian. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lake Hood overrun with college rowing crews". Ashburton Guardian. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 

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