With a serene lake, a playground, sculptures by local artists, landscaped grounds, and walks through bush and blossoming cherry trees, Gilmour Reserve is a popular and tranquil spot in the heart of Waihi.
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Gilmour Reserve is now a well-established, picturesque spot for picnics, relaxation, walking, duck feeding and model boat sailing. Public toilets are available for comfort stops and a pre-schooler's playground, fully fenced, will keep under-fives and parents happy by the lakeside.

  • Duck pond and fountain
  • Fully fenced Playground – suitable for pre-school children
  • Picnic area
  • Rubbish bins
  • Public Toilets

Since 2000, work on the Lake Gilmour Reserve (named after Waihi Mayor, Thomas
Gilmour) has included a paved lakeside walkway, public toilets, and a wooden stage
for community events and concerts. Waihi Rotary Club has also built a wetland
boardwalk, Forest and Bird has planted trees, and in 2006 the Morgan Family donated
a fountain in memory of former Waihi Mayor, Owen Morgan.

Hinuera stone works carved by students at a sculpture symposium held by local
sculptor, Trevor Heighway, found a resting place beside the Lake in early 2000, and
the car park entrance is flanked by two of Trevor’s own sculptures depicting the
history of Waihi and the Ohinemuri River from both a mining and Maori mythology


Where to Find Us

39 Gilmour Street