Wairoa District Council
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Wairoa’s hidden delights. See the lineup of amazing locations in the 'photo' section

Picturesque and friendly, the Wairoa District has a population of just over 8000, but thousands more describe it as home. It is a remarkable spot that offers something for everyone. A beautiful river borders the main street, which caters for op-shopping, urban coffee lovers and intrepid travellers who prefer to shop for the rugged wilderness adventures of hiking, fishing and camping.

People can enjoy the walkway and cycleway that stretches the length of the town riverbank right to the river mouth. Now an additional gem is being revitalised on the outskirts of the township — Whakamahia Beach, where the Wairoa River meets the Pacific Ocean. With its rugged coastline and wetlands, this part of the town has until recently been a bit of a secret. But now, more and more it is being enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

The Wairoa River attracts water sports enthusiasts from around the country who row, sail, paddle in waka ama or take part in the annual Bridge to Bridge water ski event. There are plenty of places to grab a bite, enjoy a coffee or sit beside the river and make use of the town’s free WiFi. Children can enjoy playgrounds or bring their scooters and skateboards to the skate bowl beside the community centre which is big enough for everyone from toddlers to teenagers to enjoy. There are bush walks, beautiful sandy beaches, rugged coast line, waterfalls, hot pools, caves and much more to explore further into the hinterland that surrounds the area.

Today, Wairoa is so much more than just a pie stop between Gisborne and Napier. Everything that takes place in the district is flavoured by the strong cultural influence of the Maori heritage that beats at the heart of the community. Maori make up 60 percent of the population. The area has 37 marae, numerous iwi and hosts the annual Wairoa International Maori Film Festival.

The iconic Gaiety Theatre reopened in 2015 and this theatre with its old school charm and state of the art technology is a reflection of the Wairoa community, proud of its history with eyes fixed on its future.  The Wairoa Museum located on the Main street hosts some great exhibitions - Pop in to see what is showing.

The lively and thriving community is built around family, friendship and a love of the outdoors. An increasing number of people are choosing to live in Wairoa, where isolation barriers have been overcome by technology yet the low cost of living and relaxed lifestyle have been maintained.

Wairoa District Council Tourism Manager Jaime-Leigh George says Wairoa “is one of the best kept secrets around”. “Our landscapes and our people are second to none. The lifestyle is one where you can go to work during the day, have a surf in the evening and be on one of our many waterways fishing at the weekends. We are so spoilt for choice- with the Mahia peninsular and stunning Lake Waikaremoana right on your doorstep, what more could you ask for?! And our climate just tops it all off!"

Wairoa awaits your arrival. You will come to understand what locals have known for many years — that they are on to a good thing.

EVENTS: www.visitwairoa.co.nz/isite

Your Guide to Freedom Camping in Wairoa: visitwairoa.co.nz

Wairoa District Council  www.wairoadc.govt.nz  Phone: 06  838 7309  Coronation Square Queen Street Wairoa


Featured Event:

Northland Coast to Coast Safari 2018

Northland Twin Coast Safari 2018; Join us for a safari of the North and the Far North between the Covi Show and the 2018 AGM in Whangarei.

(Monday 19th after the Covi Show we will all meet at Matakohe )

We will start our journey at The Kauri Museum at Matakohe, one of the best museums in the country, to introduce you to some of the earliest industries of the North, kauri milling and kauri gum digging.


From there we will drive through Dargaville and on through the Waipoua Forest to Rawene on the beautiful Hokianga. At the next stop, Broadwood, we will have a Hangi dinner.

We will pass through Kaitaia with its wonderful new Te Ahu Cultural Centre and on up to Houhora where we will stay for two days. We have arranged for the bus company to take us on their famous Cape Reinga trip up Ninety Mile Beach.


The next day you will have plenty of time to go fishing, play golf or visit the Gumdiggers Park before arriving at Matthews museum at Taipa where there is a treasure trove of vintage cars and machinery.


The road to Matauri Bay takes you through Mangonui where it is customary to stop for fish and chips over the water and past some of the most scenic coastal views in NZ. At Matauri Bay you can walk up to the memorial to the Rainbow Warrior. 


A side trip to Kerikeri then on to Waitangi where you have two days to go on one of the many boat trips, go fishing, take the ferry to historic Russell or walk to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.


We have planned each day to give you lots of time for sightseeing and whatever else you want to do, At several of the stops we have arranged for local people to come and talk to us. For golfers we have organised a 'four venue golf tournament' to take place at four courses we pass. (On the 28th of March from Waitangi you will have the day to go to the dump station and fill up with water before the NZMCA AGM inWhangarei.)

Pets welcome, dogs on leads and usual NZMCA rules apply.

For expressions of interest, please complete generic application form using the orange panel below, 'APPLICATION FORM'  Either post to Mary and Harry; 26 Whareora Road, Tikipunga, Whangarei 0112 or email to theharys1@gmail.com

Price for the event will be confirmed and advised by late October.


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Wairoa Presentation Feb 2017

Supportive NZMCA members  at the Presentation of MHF Towns Wairoa Feb 2017

Picture taken at Whakamahia Beach

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