Explore the Small Town of Waikouaiti

Waikouaiti is a small town located north of Dunedin – about a 30 minute drive.  This is a town most people just drive through or stop for a coffee and drive on.  We first discovered Waikouaiti when we were looking for somewhere to stay.  Several years ago, we had our 5th-wheeler caravan with us so didn’t want to travel all the way into Dunedin.  As we were working in Dunedin, we didn’t spend a lot of time here, until we recently came back for a visit this month.  If you’re passing through, allow an hour or two to explore this small Otago town.

Waikouaiti Town Gardens
Waikouaiti Town Gardens

Waikouaiti Town Gardens

While the town may not be large, the town gardens are worth a visit.  Grab yourself a cuppa and find a seat in the gardens to relax on.  The gardens also display local historical information which we found interesting.  The town was originally called ‘Hawksbury’.

Waikouaiti Town Gardens
Waikouaiti Town Gardens

Hawksbury Lagoon Wildlife Refuge

The Hawksbury Lagoon is a wildlife refuge run by the Department of Conservation.  The Lagoon website states that ‘it is considered a significant and increasingly rare example of an estuarine wetland’.  It is a lovely area to walk around.  You can walk from the main street right through to the beach.

Hawksbury Lagoon Wildlife Refuge
Hawksbury Lagoon Wildlife Refuge

Waikouaiti Beach

This beach is another example of our truly lovely beaches here in New Zealand.  If you’re not keen on walking along the beach, park up at the rest area and enjoy the view.  There were plenty of motorhomes stopping here for their morning cuppa – we just love that idea.

Waikouaiti Beach
Waikouaiti Beach

St John’s Anglican Church & Cemetery

‘This Church was built in 1858 and is now the oldest church still in use in Otago/Southland’.  While the cemetery is small, it does include a soldier who served in the First World War.  The churchyard and cemetery are well-maintained and has beautiful trees and gardens.

St John's Anglican Church & Cemetery
St John’s Anglican Church & Cemetery

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