Wairoa

Wairoa District Council
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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.

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:

Stampede Music Festival - FREE Parking Promo

FREE PARKING for the next 250 Double Passes Sold

3 Easy Steps for FREE Parking:

  1. Call - 0800 842 538
  2. Purchase your Double Pass
  3. Quote the Promo Code 'NZMCASTAMPEDE' to a friendly Ticketek team member and get your FREE parking site

Stampede Music Festival is designed to fill a gap in the market. With a number of smaller country festivals around New Zealand experiencing a spike in popularity, it was apparent there was the need for an annual event of an international magnitude.

This event presented the opportunity to secure some of the most celebrated performers from the world’s country music stronghold of Nashville, Tennessee and bring them down-under for the biggest country music festival in Kiwi history.

CSC Parking: This area opens at 8:00am for the early-birds.

Event: Gates will open at noon.

 

Stampede selected Coyote Ugly star LeAnn Rimes and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery for the inaugural festival with a focus on finding those strong country roots but also with a modern pop sound. It helps that both artists have a proud and established reputation in the American music industry.

These two acts will headline the show, accompanied by both new and established Australasian acts including Kiwi favourites Brendan Dugan, Jodie Vaughan,Gray Bartlett and Eddie Lowe as the ‘Legends’; along with the ever-popular Warratahs, Coopers Run and  Jodie Direen.

   

   

The Pukekohe Park Raceway venue, whilst designed and built as a race track, will transform into the perfect meadow-like setting with space for a large and lively audience in an arena-like facility. Transported specifically from Wellington, a super-sized stage will provide fantastic viewing, while a mega-screen will offer close-up shots of the artists live on stage.

One unique feature of this inaugural event is a designated park-and-stay Areas for motorhomes, caravans and camping. This will present a limited number of guests the opportunity to relax at the venue, knowing it’s just a short walk from the action to their accommodation for the night.

As fans enter the venue through the main gates, they will take a stroll down Buffalo Bill Boulevard where they’ll find a variety of merchandise, entertainment, food vendors, bars, and more from any of the 25+ marquees. You can even grab yourself a cowboy (or cowgirl) hat to fit right in with LeAnn and Scotty.

For anyone looking for that extra special treat, Stampede offers two VIP packages:

The Honky Tonk Hamper Package includes VIP Parking, four selected alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and a large lunch spread with cheese, sandwiches and fruit. All you need to bring is your blanket.

The other VIP package has been dubbed the Wild Horse Saloon Bar Package: guests will receive VIP Parking with on-arrival beverages, an exclusive covered area with seating, unobstructed views of the stage and mega-screen, extensive lunch and dinner menus celebrating Southern cuisine, as well as a once in a lifetime meet-and-greet with both of our international artists.

PARK AND STAY AREAS for motorhomes, caravans and camping. This will present a limited number of guests the opportunity to relax at the venue, knowing it’s just a short walk from the action to their accommodation for the night.

The Motorhome Parking Area opens at 8:00am for the early-birds. You may stay overnight on Saturday 4th March only in this area.

Costs:  Motorhome parking: $49.00 Caravan Parking: 39.00. MAP

www.stampedemusicfestival.co.nz

No Pets!

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Wairoa - Plenty to do

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.

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