Experience and Enjoy the Relaxing Town of Waihola

Instead of staying in the city of Dunedin, we decided to aim for a smaller town.  Waihola is located just a 30-minute drive south of Dunedin.  We had passed this town on several occasions, so this time decided to stay.

Lake Waihola

While it was not the best weather we could have had, it was relaxing sitting by the lake watching the mama duck and her little duckings make their way along the lake front.  There are a lot of parking areas by the lake, however due to the excessive rain we had had, some parts of it was very muddy.  This would be an excellent area as a stop-over in the summer time – would imagine it would be quite busy though.

Lake Waihola
Lake Waihola

Sleep, Eat and Drink

We stayed at an Airbnb property while in Waihola called ‘Waihola, Why Not’.  They are new to Airbnb, however are getting very good reviews.  The rate of NZ$60 per night was excellent and very good value for money.

Also in the small town is a motel as well as a holiday park.  For a small town, it had many accommodation options.  The holiday park is next to the lake so once we get our caravan we would certainly return and stay a few nights.

The local fresh fish and chip shop was highly recommended to us by several people, however as we had already done our grocery shopping we didn’t try the fish and chips.  We did, however visit the local cafe.  We purchased coffee and scones so we could sit by the lake for our morning tea snack.

During our visit, the weather wasn’t the best so we spent a lovely couple of hours at the local pub – Lake Waihola Cafe & Bar.  Their fireplace is amazing and worth the visit.  We were pleasantly surprised when happy hour arrived and the host gave everyone complimentary snacks – yum.

Lake Waihola Cafe & Bar
Lake Waihola Cafe & Bar

Waihola Cemetery

Up on a small hill the Waihola cemetery is located.  It was a 10-minute walk from our Airbnb, though some of it was uphill.  The earliest burial is recorded as 1884.  As with a lot of cemeteries in New Zealand, there are many graves that have no headstones or are unmarked.  This is quite a small cemetery that is still use today.

Waihola Cemetery
Waihola Cemetery

 

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