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Waikaia is located in New Zealand

Waikaia, formerly known as Switzers,[1] is a town in the Southland Region of New Zealand's South Island. From 1909 until 1959, it was the terminus of the Waikaia Branch railway.

The town is in the Southland District and is covered by the Waikaia Community Development Area Sub-committee.[2] Facilities include a museum, to which is attached an iconic "bottle house",[3] constructed from approximately 20,000 wine bottles.[4]

Panorama of Waikaia township on a foggy day, as viewed from the local cemetery.


Coordinates: 45°43′S 168°51′E / 45.717°S 168.850°E / -45.717; 168.850