Waiau is a very small town that is next to the very wide Wahoo River. Small the town maybe but a class act it is. Waiau is a small town on the road from Hanmer Springs to Cheviot.

The Waiau Hotel and War Memorial are quite something in their own right and set the scene for a respectful assessment.

The Waiau War Memorial is on a hill that overlooks the town, river and valley; this site obviously chosen in the hope the spirits of the local sons may overlook their birthplace.

Waiau shares its name with several much smaller settlements and farming communities within New Zealand. The name is Maori, and means flowing water.

To get a feel for the majesty of the area a quote from a residential pitch we think says it all:-

Welcome to Amuri Estate Retreat near Waiau This luxury boutique accommodation overlooking the beautiful high alpine basin at the foot of the Southern Alps. Our rural retreat takes in 360 of outstanding landscape. By day you will revel in the ever-changing panoramic views of majestic mountains, the braided Waiau River, and the surrounding sheep, deer and cattle stations. At night you will be dazzled by stars and enchanted by the twinkling lights of Hanmer Springs.

The Waiau Museum is represented by the Jail and Presbyterian Church.

A relaxation break is a must at Waiau.


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