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 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.