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Lake Rotongaro
Location North Island
Type riverine
Primary outflows Rotongaro Canal
Catchment area 19.5 km2 (7.5 sq mi)
Basin countries New Zealand
Max. length 2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Max. width 2.2 km (1.4 mi)
Surface area 292 hectares (720 acres) (open water)
Max. depth 3.3 metres (11 ft)

Lake Rotongaro is located to the west of Ohinewai in the Waikato Region of New Zealand. It is a large shallow riverine lake, which links to the Waikato River. It is situated between the Waikato River and the larger Lake Whangape.

The lake has a single outflow which drains into Lake Rotongaroiti, which then flows through the Rotongaro canal, then on into the Lake Whangape outlet (via a floodgate structure) before it reaches the Waikato River.

The lake area is approximately 292 ha, with a max depth of 3.3 m. The catchment area is predominantly pastoral, with an estimated area of 1950 ha.


In Māori, rotongaro means "hidden lake" (roto = lake, ngaro = hidden).

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