Waipu is situated 30kms south east of Whanhgarei. Waipu has a very strong Scottish history that remains proud and active to this day. Unlike most towns, much of Waipu’s being is very much because of one man. Norman McLeod.

The population is 1,500 in the 2006 Census, and is clearly on the increase

Waipu is the centre of a significant Presbyterian settlement that was led by Rev. Norman McLeod, a strict but fair-minded and adventurous Presbyterian Minister who led his people from the Highlands of Scotland to New Zealand via St. Ann's, Nova Scotia and Australia. Five shiploads containing over 800 settlers arrived at Waipu in the 1850s.

Discover the stunning, new museum exhibitions at the regional history Museum. Follow the dramatic story of one of the most remarkable global migrations in New Zealand's national history and one of the most famous Scottish migration sagas.

The Waipu Presbyterian church purchase will result in a major development for tourism and visitor features for Waipu and the purchase will allow for further development of the Heritage Centre.

A highlight of the town's calendar is the annual Scottish Highland Games held at New Year.

Just outside the town are the Waipu Caves, which contain a significant population of glowworms, and the nearby beaches make up Waipu’s desirability.

The Waipu War Memorial is situated near the museum.

The Waipu Hotel is of a modern style with the traditional sports and TAB offer

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