South Island - New Zealand
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Location of Lake Mahinapua
Lake Mahinapua is a shallow lake on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.
It is roughly 10km south of Hokitika and near the small town of Ruatapu.
It was formerly a coastal lagoon, but the buildup of coastal dunes made it an inland lake roughly 500 m from the Tasman Sea coastline.
In 1907, the Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve was established to protect the land around the lake, and a number of walking tracks run through this area.
Other activities that take place around the lake are picnicking, camping, and various water-based activities. Species of birds such as black swans and grey and mallard ducks live around the lagoon, and the surrounding bush provides a habitat for species such as parakeets and tui.
The Ross Branch railway also once ran past the lake; it opened to Ruatapu on 9 November 1906, was extended to Ross on 1 April 1909, and closed on 24 November 1980.
For more information about Lake Mahinapua see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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This information was correct in June 2009. E. & O.E.
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