Lake Waihola is located between Dunedin and Otago in New Zealand’s South Island. Fed by the Waipori River its a tidal freshwater lake and its surface covers at about 9 square kilometres. Lake Waihola is very shallow and is surrounded by wetlands. Waihola is the southern Maori version of the word waihora and means “spreading waters”. At the eastern end of the lake is a township with the same name. At about 200 people live there.