ⓘ Lake Waihola

                                     

ⓘ Lake Waihola

Lake Waihola is a 640 ha tidal freshwater lake located 15 km north of Milton in Otago, in New Zealands South Island. Its area is some 9 square kilometres, with a maximum length of 6 kilometres and a mean depth of 0.75m.

Its more of a pair of existing lakes - the other lake Waipori - which lie in a small area of low hills between the Taieri and Tokomairaro. Waihola is drained by the Waipori river, a tributary of the Taieri. Both lakes are very shallow and surrounded by wetlands, including the internationally renowned and protected wetlands Sinclair which are home to many species of wetland birds. This situation is reflected in the name Waihola, the southern Maori form of the word waihora, which means "spreading waters".

Lake Waihola is a popular day trip for tourists from Dunedin city, 40 km to the North. A small town population 200 Waihola, near the lakes Eastern edge, has facilities for fishing, sailing, and water skiing, and lakes are important places for rowing.