Lake Horowhenua, Levin

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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 Punahau, 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 Muaūpoko 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 Muaūpoko were attacked by Te Rauparaha and the Ngati Toa. Two island pā on the lake were destroyed and heavy casualties suffered by the Muaūpoko 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.
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  • This is a lovely place for contemplation while sitting in the car watching a spectacular sunset, or just walking around and looking over the water. There are heaps of water fowl there to watch chasing...  more »
  • We took our kids to feed the birds and while the birds are impressive, very friendly, the smell was awful. Sad the lake is in such a state. The park was awesome though and the kids enjoyed their time ...  more »
  • Levin needs this lake. It's a fantastic opportunity laying stagnant. I was so disappointed. Would be a wonderfull place for older less fit people to walk. But alas it's a wasted . Many years ago in th...  more »
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  • Cleanest lake I've ever swam in, only got AIDS from the water.
  • Spent half hr driving around finding a entrance, not very well sign posted. Stinks! Very average setting.

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