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Lake Mahinerangi
Lake Mahinerangi
Lake Mahinerangi is located in Otago peninsula
Lake Mahinerangi
Lake Mahinerangi
Location in Otago peninsula
Location Clutha District, Otago Region, South Island
Coordinates 45°52′S 169°57′E / 45.867°S 169.950°E / -45.867; 169.950
Lake type reservoir
Basin countries New Zealand
Max. length 12 km (7.5 mi)

Lake Mahinerangi is a lake formed when a dam was built on the Waipori River for hydroelectric generation. The lake is 35 kilometres (22 mi) to the west of Dunedin in New Zealand's South Island. Construction of the dam started in 1903 and since 1907, power has been produced.


The lake was named for Dorothy Kathleen Mahinerangi Burnett. She was the daughter of William Burnett, who was mayor of Dunedin in 1911 and 1912. The lake has a maximum length of 12 kilometres (7.5 mi), and lies on the western side of Maungatua, above and to the west of the Berwick Forest. It is surrounded by farmland, tussock grasslands, and plantation forest.


At the southern end, the lake has two major arms, called Loch Luella and Loch Loudon.


The lake is well stocked with brown trout and some perch. The elevation is nearly 2,000 feet (610 m) and the lake can be very windswept and cold, which makes the fishery best suited to the warmer months.

Wind farm

Trustpower's Mahinerangi Wind Farm is located to the north of the lake.

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