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.
A highlight of the town's calendar is the annual Scottish Highland Games held at New Year.
The Waipu War Memorial is situated near the museum.
The Waipu Hotel is of a modern style with the traditional sports and TAB offer