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Lake Te Paritu
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Caldera of the Mayor Island (New Zealand ). 1986
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Coordinates 37°17′29″S 176°16′3″E / 37.29139°S 176.26750°E / -37.29139; 176.26750
Native name Black Lake Error {{native name checker}}: parameter value is malformed (help)
Basin countries New Zealand
Surface area 3.2 hectares (7.9 acres)

Lake Te Paritu, also known as Black Lake, is one of two small crater lakes on Mayor Island / Tuhua in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. It is connected to the larger Lake Aroarotamahine or Green Lake by a wetland, but there is no surface outlet to the sea as both lakes are in a depression.

Black colour

The lake has a black colour due to fine sediment. According to Māori legend, the black is the blood of Tuhua (obsidian) which fought a battle with Pounamu (greenstone) who, defeated, fled to the South Island.

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