The small town of Waihola is a popular day trip and water-skiing destination for people from the nearby areas of Dunedin and the Catlins Coast. This town of 200 people is nestled on the shores of Lake Waihola - known for its beautiful reflections and black swans. The lake is surrounded by wetlands and many species of wading birds can be found here. With wonderful picnicking areas on the lake front, along with bbq facilities and restrooms, Waihola makes a great stopping spot.
Lake Waihola has attracted international interest due to the ecosystems based in a shallow freshwater tidal system. Since 2000, Danish scientists have been conducting annual studies of the lake. Waihola is reputedly the home to a species of otter, but no verified sightings have ever confirmed
the animal's existence.