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.


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8013
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