Te Waihora | Lake Ellesmere

Named after the flat spread-out water, Te Waihora | Lake Ellesmere is a special place to visit. 

Immerse yourself in its quiet and peaceful natural landscape, on the lake's edge where birdlife thrives. 

Learn about the restoration of the nearby wetlands and the dedicated community that are planting native vegetation to prevent sediments and pollutants from entering the lake. 

There's plenty to do nearby

On the way to Te Waihora | Lake Ellesmere, stop in Tai Tapu for something to eat at Raspberry Cafe. If you're headed to visit Te Waihora | Lake Ellesmere via Leeston, head over to Harts Creek for a walk and the chance to view some wildlife. 

Check out Ellesmere Golf Cub for a day of golfing and finish off with a bite and a pint at Suburban Eatery. 

If you're up for an adventure, check out the Little River Rail Trail. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of the accommodation providers nearby.