Large hydrothermal ZnO crystals were grown using 3N NaOH, 1N KOH and 0.5N Li2CO3 mineralizer. The crystals were studied by cathodoluminescence (CL), showing a good crystalline quality. Different growth regions were identified by CL imaging. These regions were characterized by their corresponding luminescence spectra, showing that the incorporation of impurities and non radiative recombination centers depend on the growth sector. The surface is shown to introduce band tailing modifying the high energy part of the spectrum. The main spectral signatures of each sector are discussed.