Lake Rotoroa or Hamilton Lake (officially Lake Rotoroa / Hamilton Lake) is a lake in Hamilton, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand. It has a surface area of about 54 hectares (133 acres) and an average depth of 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in). It is the home of the Hamilton Yacht Club, which holds regular sailing in the summer.
Lake Rotoroa formed, like most of the lakes in the central Waikato (Hamilton) basin, about 20,000 years ago, after the Waikato changed course to flow out at Port Waikato, rather than at Thames. It was a high-energy, braided river carrying large volumes of volcanogenic sediment (Hinuera Formation), which was deposited over and around a pre-existing hilly landscape to form an alluvial plain. In the process of depositing the alluvium, small basins were formed adjacent to the hills, and water then accumulated from local drainage and groundwater in these small basins. At Rotoroa, initially two small shallow lakes were formed with clear water in an embayment of the partially enclosing hills, a low spur off the hills separating them. Peat growth in the adjacent Rukuhia bog to the west and south then expanded and deepened as net precipitation increased as climate became warmer and wetter in the region, lifting regional water tables. The peat then encroached on to the alluvial dam holding in the two shallow lakes, forming a second storey barrier on top so that the two lakes coalesced into a single deeper lake with brownish peat-stained water, submerging the low spur.
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Gardenia Tafao | May 2, 2018
Top quality public park. One of the best I have ever visited. Clean tidy and very well planned out playing areas. I like how there is something for all ages and abilities. Toilets are nice in comparison to Auckland public facilities.
Andrew Wech | Apr 27, 2018
This park is really well made and new. The kids will have a blast here. It is by far one of the best parks and walks offered in New Zealand. Best of all stare out at a pristine lake and feel yourself unwinding. Would recommend.
Nigel Worters | Mar 30, 2018
Lovely little lake and park. Reminds me of Western Springs in Auckland in many ways but with a much cooler playground for the kids. Someone should rent out kayaks or pedal boats during the summer as that would be fun. Can't rate the cafe as we didn't go there
Adrienne Thurston | Jun 14, 2018
Beautiful place to wander right in the middle of the city. 5 minute walk from the hospital. Lovely cafe, peaceful views of the lake. Great for refreshing the soul as well as appetite.
Vincent Huang | Mar 31, 2018
The perfect place for family. One of the most facilities park that I been. That also have one area is for small kid and total fencing. Your kids cannot runs away. It’s good for parents as well nice cafe just around the corner plus their ice cream is cheap, nice and huge. I am highly recommend this place. VH
shirmay li | Aug 5, 2018
We are very lucky in Hamilton to have such wonderful lake domain. The family playground is superb. There is something for everyone.
Miri Stacey | Aug 4, 2018
Best Kids Playground by a long shot! Gorgeous view. Lovely for adults as well ♡
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