Lake Ellesmere
Image: Shellie Evans | ©



Te Waihora is a shallow, brackish coastal lake, Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest, and an internationally important wildlife area.

Note that algal blooms on the lake can be extremely toxic to humans and animals.

The area is commonly used for gamebird hunting.

Find things to do and places to stay Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) area

Harts Creek Track takes you to a bird hide where you can easily view birdlife.


Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 318 9211
Address 104 West Coast Road
Arthur's Pass 7654
Hours See visitor centre hours
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