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Main street of Waihola
Location of Waihola
Location of Waihola
Location of Waihola
Coordinates: 46°2′0″S 170°6′0″E / 46.03333°S 170.10000°E / -46.03333; 170.10000Coordinates: 46°2′0″S 170°6′0″E / 46.03333°S 170.10000°E / -46.03333; 170.10000
Country New Zealand
Region Otago
District Clutha
 • Type District Council
 • Body Clutha District Council[1]
 • Mayor Bryan Cadogan
 • Bruce Ward Councillor (Chair, Corporate Services Committee) Gaynor Finch
 • Bruce Ward Councillor Joanna Lowrey
 • Bruce Ward Councillor (Chair, Regulatory Services Committee) Bruce Vollweiler
Population (2006 Census)[2]
 • Total 249
PO Box Lobby Postcode (Waihola, Waihola) 9243
Rural Delivery Postcode (RD 1, Outram) 9073
International telephone access and area code 03
ISO 3166 code 554
Local iwi Ngāi Tahu

The township of Waihola lies between Dunedin and Milton, New Zealand in Otago, in New Zealand's South Island.[3] It lies close to the southeast shore of the shallow tidal lake which shares its name.


  • The name Waihola is accepted to be analogous with the word wai-hora, meaning "spreading waters".
  • The place name for the location of Waihola is not assigned as an official place name by the NZ Geographic Names Board.
  • The place name also creates some interest as the Māori alphabet does not actually contain the letter 'L'.


The town is located on State Highway 1, and the South Island Main Trunk rail line runs through it, though trains no longer stop. The township is within the boundaries of Clutha District.


Waihola is a popular destination for day-trips from Dunedin, 35 kilometres to the north, and the lake is a venue for many water sports, including waterskiing, rowing, and yachting.

Lake Waihola Waipori Wetlands[edit]

"The 2175-hectare Waihola Waipori wetland system is one of the largest and most significant remaining lowland wetland systems in New Zealand. It is a diverse and highly productive ecosystem that supports threatened species such as the giant kokopu and the South Island Fernbird. The wetland is of great significance to Kai Tahu and an important recreational hunting and fishing area" (Lake Waihola Waipori Wetlands Society).

Sinclair Wetlands|Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau[edit]

Te Ara Encyclopaedia of New Zealand page with video
Sinclair Wetlands Wikipedia page



  1. ^ "Councillors". cluthadc.govt.nz. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  2. ^ http://apps.nowwhere.com.au/StatsNZ/Maps/default.aspx
  3. ^ a b "New Zealand Gazetteer: Search for Place Names | Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)". linz.govt.nz. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  4. ^ mao(B)/mri(T) native language
  5. ^ "New Zealand Post". nzpost.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 

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