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Main street of Waihola
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Location of Waihola
Coordinates: 46°2′0″S170°6′0″E / 46.03333°S 170.10000°E / -46.03333; 170.10000 Coordinates: 46°2′0″S170°6′0″E / 46.03333°S 170.10000°E / -46.03333; 170.10000
Country New Zealand
Region Otago
District Clutha
  TypeDistrict Council
  BodyClutha District Council [1]
  MayorBryan Cadogan
  Bruce Ward Councillor (Chair, Corporate Services Committee)Gaynor Finch
  Bruce Ward CouncillorJoanna Lowrey
  Bruce Ward Councillor (Chair, Regulatory Services Committee)Bruce Vollweiler
  Total1.63 km2 (0.63 sq mi)
 (2018 [2] ) [3]
  Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
PO Box Lobby Postcode (Waihola, Waihola)
Rural Delivery Postcode (RD 1, Outram)
International telephone access and area code03
ISO 3166 code 554
Local iwi Ngāi Tahu
[4] [5] [6]

The township of Waihola lies between Dunedin and Milton, New Zealand in Otago, in New Zealand's South Island. [4] It lies close to the southeast shore of the shallow tidal lake which shares its name.


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.


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 assigned as an official place name by the New Zealand Geographic Board. [7] The place name also creates some interest as the Māori alphabet doesn't normally contain the letter 'L'. This is most likely an example of an earlier Southern Māori dialect. [8]


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.

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, supporting threatened species such as the giant kokopu and the South Island Fernbird. The wetland is of great significance to Kai Tahu and is used for recreational hunting and fishing. [9]

The Sinclair Wetlands are also located at Waihola.


Waihola District School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, [10] with a roll of 33 as of March 2020. [11]

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