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Lake Horowhenua, Levin
Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Lake Horowhenua is located in the Horowhenua, an area of the southern Manawatu-Wanganui region in New Zealand's North Island. It covers an area of 3.9km2.The lake, also known as Punahou, lies on a sandy plain 2km west of Levin and 5km from the coast of the Tasman Sea. It is a shallow lake, only some 2m deep, fed by various small streams, and is drained by the Hokio Stream.HistoryThe lake was once surrounded by podocarp forest as the centre of a rich wetland ecosystem. Today the trees are gone and the wetland has been substantially drained. The lake is owned by the Māori Muaupoko iwi, who, with the help of the Horowhenua Lake Trust, are actively attempting to restore the wetland system (that also contains the smaller Lake Papaitonga) to its former state as a conservation area.In the 1820s the Muaupoko were attacked by Te Rauparaha and the Ngati Toa. Two island pā on the lake were destroyed and heavy casualties suffered by the Muaupoko people.Water QualityBetween 1952 and 1987 treated sewage from Levin was dumped into the lake. This has contributed significantly to the current eutrophic state of the lake.For travelers who use our world travel planner, Levin holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lake Horowhenua and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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always nice to go there and see all birds around, feed the ducks and swans and other birds, watch how they bath and quacking, it is so relaxing and wonderful
The lake is a great place to photograph water birds and there is an occasional Royal Spoonbill and rarely a Kotuku. Children love feeding the ducks and there is a children's playground. In the summer ... read more »
Popped down for a nosey and parked up for a look and to soak in the ambience of the lake. There were kids feed the birds and a flock of geese marching around which was entertaining. The best part was ... read more »
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