Waiau Tourism

Waiau is a small town in north Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand. It lies 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of Hanmer Springs on the northern bank of the Waiau River, some 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the river's mouth. Waiau is the largest town on State Highway 70, also known as the Inland Kaikoura Route. From 1919 until 1978, Waiau was the terminus of the Waiau Branch, a branch line railway that ran to the town from a junction with the Main North Line in Waipara. There were proposals to extend this line beyond Waiau as part of the Main North Line and some 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) of formation was made for a route to Kaikoura, but construction ground to a halt and a coastal route via Parnassus and Hundalee was chosen for the Main North Line instead. Waiau shares its name with several much smaller settlements and farming communities within New Zealand. The name is Maori, and means flowing water.


This is a comprehensive travel guide for Waiau in New Zealand. From budgeting tips to finding the best spots, this travel guide has got all the insider information to explore Waiau like a local. The nearest major city to Waiau is Kaikoura. Add Kaikoura to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like Tranzalpine Ride, International Antarctic Centre, Canterbury Museum. Also, to reach Waiau, you'll have to take a flight to Kaikoura; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. To explore Waiau, set aside 1 to 2 number of your days. You'll be coming back for more!

Yes,it is that simple really! Enjoy your trip! Keep travelling!

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