Found in Central Hawke's Bay, Waipawa is one of the oldest inland towns in New Zealand, with the first sections in the town being sold by auction on February 25, 1860.

History abounds in Waipawa, with some of the homes built in the late 1800s still standing.  You’ll find a real treat in the CHB Settlers Museum located on Waipawa's main street. 

In 1986 the Historic Bank of New Zealand building was gifted to the people of Waipawa to house a museum, and today is packed with items of interest and significance displayed in an authentic way so visitors can experience what life used to be like.

Waipawa’s main street is becoming a vibrant boutique shopping hub with many reasons for travellers to stop by including the incredible Artmosphere Gallery, home to world renowned photographer Helmut Hirler and New Zealand artist Sally Maguire, Penny Lane Emporium and Lulu & Co. Misty River Cafe, listed in Lonely Planet as “a little bit of upmarket vintage on the functional high street”, offers travellers an excellent coffee and food stop.

Here’s what you can do:

Central Hawke’s Bay Settlers Museum
Penny Lane Emporium
Lime Rock Wines
Bay Country Antiques
Artmosphere Gallery
The Waipawa Clock Shop
Te Angiangi Marine Reserve

Take a look at all the other great stuff you can see in Central Hawke's Bay here...