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Lake Rotoiti set amid bush and mountains has drawn people to visit since parties of Maori stopped there on trips from Tasman Bay to Canterbury or the West Coast. They would fish in the rivers and the lake. Midden sites have been found at Kerr Bay and in the Travers Valley at the head of the lake. In Maori mythology the lake was created by the great chief Rakaihaitu digging holes with his ko (digging stick). One great hole became Lake Rotoiti (small waters) and the other Lake Rotoroa (large waters). Later geologists described the lakes as basins scooped out by glaciers.
Rotoiti is 14 kilometres long and less than 3 kilometres wide, and the deepest point is near the centre.
Regards Mike

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