Coming Events

End of Summer Party (and also Lego Club Day)
Saturday 2nd Feb, 11am.Join us for some end of summer fun – balloons, books, collect your summer reading prizes etc

Kids Club
Come along to our kids after-school club – we’ll be having fun with secret codes (ssshhh! Keep it under your hat!).Wednesday 27th February, 3.30pm. Nibbles provided

Book Passion
Come along for a cuppa and share what you’ve been reading with our other keen readers. All welcome. Tuesday 12th February, 7pm

Waikouaiti Lego Club
Use your imagination and create whatever you want to - everything is awesome at Lego club. Suitable for ages 5 and up, first Saturday of the month. 11am - 12pm Saturday 2nd February & Saturday 2nd March

Bring your child along to the Library for stories, rhymes and songs for babies and pre-schoolers. Every Friday at 11am (excluding school holidays)

DCC Service Centre
Pay your rates and parking fines, buy DCC rubbish bags, get your 75+ parking permit, register your dog You can do it all at Waikouaiti Library – where parking is free! Week days until 5.00pm

Petanques Charity day will be held on 3rd March starting at 1p.m. at the 
piste behind the rugby clubrooms.   This year it is going towards the Fire brigade's scheme to provide smoke alarms to those who need them. Come along, have a fun day, bring a friend and help raise funds for this worthy cause.  No need for registrations; just roll up on the day.

Cards Fridays 1.30pm to 4pm, St Johns Hall, Beach Street, Waikouaiti
Contact: Maureen 021 115 5462 or 022 648 6015

GARDEN CLUB – AGM 25th February, Events Centre at 7.30pm

YOGA – Tuesday 11am classes starting March (more info next month)

Welcome to Waikouaiti!

Waikouaiti and Karitane are located half an hours scenic drive from Dunedin City on the East Coast of the South Island. Oral Maori tradition places Waitaha settlement of the area prior to the 15th Century. A Whaling Station was established in 1830 at the Mouth of the Waikouaiti River and then in 1840 Johnny Jones set about establishing the first official agricultural settlement in Otago. In the 1858 Gold Rush, prospectors from all over the world swarmed ashore from Port Waikouaiti. Today the area is a haven for fishing, surfing, boating, golfing, tramping, horse riding, kayaking, biking, bird and wildlife watching. 

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Huirapa Marae is the Kai Tahu (Mana Whenua of the area) Marae, which is situated at Puketeraki overlooking Karitane. The marae is very active and contributes a great deal to the community. It is frequently used by groups from outside the area for marae visits.

Waikouaiti's population has remained stable over the last 10 years. Waikouaiti has a Community Centre (Events Centre), a primary school with a roll of 90 (2010), fire station, police station, doctors' rooms, library, a, veterinarian, boarding kennels, a golf club, a DCC landfill, rugby club, camping ground, holiday accommodation, fantastic beach, a grassy Domain, a lagoon, river, museum and a racecourse. These contribute to the lives of Waikouaiti's residents, and volunteer working groups that have formed. 

Waikouaiti's location on State Highway One contributes to the township's commercial activity. Businesses here include a grocery store, market gardens and horticulture, a bakery, butcher, saddler, hardware store, garages, a fish and chip shop, second hand stores, hotel, a cafe, clothing store, and art gallery. Waikouaiti also has a large egg producing poultry farm. Waikouaiti also serves a service centre for the nearby Oceana Gold Mine.

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