Waikato Lakes Database

The Waikato Region has a huge number of lakes of all sizes and shapes. Most of the lakes have been degraded due to farming and urban development. Consequently, many lakes are in various stages of restoration. Click on the lake name below to see further information about a particular lake.

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Lake Ngaroto

Lake Ngaroto is not directly associated with the encroachment of peat bogs in the Waikato valley, but is instead affected by local wetland development around its margins (Selby & Lowe, 1992; Lowe & Green, 1987). Peat surrounding Lake Ngaroto extends to about 0.5 m deep at the lake margin and down to 2.5 m approximately 600 m from the lake edge. The peat associated with Lake Ngaroto tends to be lake peat, deposited when the lake area was much larger, and sedgy peat, which is comprised of marginal lake vegetation in a semi-decomposed state (Thompson, 1994).