Waikawa is one of those towns that today are a shadow of an earlier period. To the communities credit the town is working hard to preserve and nourish the history for the future.

Waikawa was once a bustling and close knit community that boasted ships, hotel and other essential services. Today the museum and information centre are seeking to preserve the long term destiny of the township.

Today Waikawa is a small fishing settlement, but there was time in the late 19th century was a major port to help build the new town of Dunedin.

Unfortunately the port facilities were prone to silting, and closed soon after the arrival of the Tokanui Branch railway in the late 1890s.

The historic Anglican Church that is over 120 years old is the mainstay of Waikawa.

The Hotel is long gone but a door that is in the museum is to this day preserved.

The Waikawa museum is the now the centre of activity.

The War Memorial is located at the cemetery that is on the road approaching from the west.

Waikawa is located on the scenic highway that over time will be delivered increased traffic numbers.

At Curio Bay the ‘petrified forest’ is accommodating increasing number of tourist to this quite significant archaeological wonder. An icon discovery that truly is mind blowing in terms of the years (like millions) that are accredited.

When traveling the ‘scenic route’ Waikawa is a natural stop off for a coffee and stroll through the museum and church.



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service   Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course