Marlborough Lakes

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Although the geology of Marlborough has not led to the formation of large lakes as found in other parts of New Zealand, there are a number of small lakes throughout the region, ranging from the large, shallow saline Lake Grassmere near sea level to alpine Lake Chalice. Several of Marlborough's lakes were formed as a result of earthquake induced landslides that dammed steep valleys.


Grovetown Lagoon

Grovetown Lagoon is an oxbow lake in Marlborough formed from the Wairau River in 1861 when a flood left an isolated loop of river.

Lake Alexander

Lake Alexander is a small alpine lake which is the source of the Tummil River in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough.

Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle is a small hydroelectric storage lake in the Wairau Valley, owned by Trustpower.

Lake Chalice

Lake Chalice is an alpine lake approximately 2km long located in Mount Richmond Forest Park, Marlborough

Lake Elterwater

Lake Elterwater is a small freshwater lake in south Marlborough near Ward which provides a habitat for a variety of waterfowl.

Lake Grassmere

Lake Grassmere is a shallow lake near Ward used for solar salt production. It was the epicentre of a strong earthquake in 2013.

Lake Jasper

Lake Jasper is a small lake on private property in the Awatere Valley, immediately to the west of Taylor Pass Road.

Lake Timara

Lake Timara is a small artifical lake on private property near Fairhall.

Tarndale Lakes

The Tarndale (Sedgemere) Lakes are a group of subalpine lakes and tarns with important ecological siginificance one of Marlborough's remotest wildernesses.