This is New Zealand's most inland tidal lake. It is freshwater and is over 20km's from the coast at Taieri Mouth, with an average depth of less than a metre.
Lake Waihola is the larger of the two lakes which sit side by side. The internationally renowned wildlife haven, Sinclair Wetlands lies in between.
Waihola meaning 'spreading waters' in Maori is famous for its black swans and reflections on a calm day.
It is a watersports mecca with fishing, boating, kayaking, rowing and water skiing. Next to the lake's edge you will find a cricket ground.
It is a quaint spot off the State Highway (SH1) to take a break, with fresh fish caught off the coast just over the hills in for sale.
Lake Waihola was once used as a short cut during the Otago gold rush. Greedy barons would hop on a paddle steamer, head up the Taieri River and across the lake. Prospectors would then cut across the hills to Gabriels Gully, Lawrence where the first big nugget was found in 1861.
There is a lookout over the lake close by with 30 million year old whale fossils!