Lake Ohakuri

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Lake Ohakuri
Ohakuri Dam Ohakuri Lake.jpg
The lake from the crown of the dam
Location North Island
Coordinates 38°25′22″S 176°07′32″E / 38.42273°S 176.125474°E / -38.42273; 176.125474Coordinates: 38°25′22″S 176°07′32″E / 38.42273°S 176.125474°E / -38.42273; 176.125474
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Waikato River
Primary outflows Waikato River
Basin countries New Zealand
Surface area 12 km2 (4.6 sq mi)

Lake Ohakuri, at 12 km², is the largest artificial lake of the Waikato river system in New Zealand. It forms the reservoir for the Ohakuri hydroelectric power station. Construction of the dam, approved in 1955, began in 1956 and was completed in 1960.[1] The lake was filled over 14 days in January and February 1961. This drowned two thirds of the Orakei Korako geothermal area, including two of the world's largest geysers, Minginui Geyser and Orakei Korako Geyser.[2]

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  1. ^ "Ohakuri". Mighty River Power. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  2. ^ Jones, Gregory (2006). "Tall Geysers". Minority Geoscience Program, University of New Orleans. Archived from the original on 2009-04-14.