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Lake Coleridge
Lake Coleridge looking north-west from the southern end
Lake Coleridge looking north-west from the southern end.
Location of Lake Coleridge
Location of Lake Coleridge
Lake Coleridge
Location in South Island
Location Selwyn District, Canterbury region, South Island
Coordinates 43°17′S 171°30′E / 43.283°S 171.500°E / -43.283; 171.500
Native name Whakamatau  (Māori)
Primary inflows Harper, Wilberforce, Acheron
Primary outflows Rakaia River (via Coleridge Power Station)
Basin countries New Zealand
Max. length 11 km (6.8 mi)
Max. width 4.8 km (3.0 mi)
Surface area 47 km2 (18 sq mi)
Max. depth 200 m (660 ft)

Lake Coleridge (Māori: Whakamatau) is located in inland Canterbury, in New Zealand's South Island. Located 35 kilometres (22 mi) to the northwest of Methven, it has a surface area of 47 square kilometres (18 sq mi). The lake is situated in an over-deepened valley formed by a glacier over 20,000 years ago in the Pleistocene era. It currently has no natural outflows. There is a small settlement at the lake.

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