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Lake Rerewhakaaitu

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Rerewhakaaitu Data
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General Information

Water Quality stable
Max Depth 15 m
Catchment % pasture 76.7%
Catchment % urban 0%

Lake Rerewhakaaitu is located at the base of the southern slopes of Mt Tarawera, with average depths between 12m and 15m. Strong winds mix the water column causing the lake to be well mixed for the majority of the year (Burns, 2000).

Surface outflows occur only during high lake levels via drains to Mangaharakeke stream, a tributary of the Rangitaiki River.

The impacts of existing and future rural developments are concerns as surface water run-off and groundwater seepage from pastoral land uses may be adversley affecting the water quality of the lake (EBOP, 2000).


Available Data

SiteYearData description
Sites 10, Awaroa, Mangakino1972 - 1974water quality, profiles
Site 11990 - 2002profiles, water quality, lake heights
Data - DYRESM format


Link to Rotorua Airport Meteorological Data

Click here to access the Lake Rerewhakaaitu Project report from Environment Bay of Plenty


Data Table

Site 1
Site 10
Sites Awaroa & Mangakino

Year 727374757677 787980818283 848586878889 909192939495 969798990001 020304
Water Quality














Secchi depth                      


Chlorophyll a






Physical Properties
Lake Height              


Temperature profiles



DO profiles