Dug from humble wasteland by the Waihi Gold Mining Company in the late 1980s, Lake Gilmour may have started life as an ugly duckling, but it has since grown into a surprisingly attractive swan.
When gold mining in Waihi clunked to a standstill in 1952, dewatering also ceased and the groundwater returned to its original pre-mining level. As a result, the collapsed Milking Cow workings at the eastern end of Pukewa (Martha Hill) filled with water creating a small lake, known as Mine Lake.
Remembered by some as a dreary lake with gloomy dark water surrounded by bush and old mine workings, Mine Lake was a popular public space nevertheless — and home to a large number of waterfowl and ducks.
When gold mining cranked into gear once more in the late 1980s, Waihi Gold Mining created a new lake (okay, large pond) near the Ohinemuri River in compensation for the inevitable loss of the one at Pukewa. — information courtesy
Hauraki District Council