A unique coastal town full of Scottish pride and picturesque natural features!

Less than 2 hours’ drive from Auckland you’ll find the quiet coastal town of Waipu. Despite its small size (population: 3,500), Waipu is big on heart and has a rich history and heritage which you can easily experience.

As well as this, you’ll be able to appreciate the beautiful scenery that includes coastline, native bush, waterfalls and pancake rocks (yes, pancake rocks!)

Plenty of things to discover then so let’s get cracking!

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.

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