The history of Waipu
Like many small towns in New Zealand, Waipu has a unique and interesting history which dates back to the 1850’s when 800 Scottish settlers, led by preacher Norman McLeod, purchased land and settled in the area.
The stories of these migrations, a result of the Highland Clearances, are legendary not just in New Zealand but across the world. The migrants’ will and determination paid off as they built the town from the ground up creating work around fishing, shipbuilding and farming.
The settlers also established the Waipu Caledonian Society in the 1870’s to promote and maintain their cultural roots. Part of what they did was organise and arrange the annual Waipu Highland Games which has been held every year for over 140 years.
Things to do in Waipu
As mentioned earlier, Waipu is a beautiful coastal town, which will please beach lovers from far and wide. Many of the great things to do in Waipu are based around this, but that’s not the be-all and end-all of the experience by any stretch.
Events and festivals in Waipu
Like many small towns in New Zealand, a great way to experience them is when the whole community gathers for one of their annual festivals. There are a number of fantastic events to choose from in and around Waipu which we’ve highlighted below.
- January - Waipu Highland Games
- February - Century Batteries Beach and Boat Fishing Competition
- Easter - Waipu Easter Carnival
- July - Art N Tartan
- October - Marsden Cove Seafood Festival
- National Holiday Weekends - Waipu Street Market