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Waipawa is the second-largest town in Central Hawke's Bay in the east of the North Island of New Zealand. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 1,872, a change of -2.0 percent since the 1996 census.

The town is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) northeast of Waipukurau and 46 km (29 mi) southwest of Hastings, on the northern bank of the Waipawa River, a tributary of the Tukituki River.[1][2] Waipawa was settled in the early 1860s, and the Settler's Museum exhibits many of these historical collections.[3]

It holds the main office of the Central Hawke's Bay District Council, and holds the distinction of being New Zealand's oldest inland European settlement.

Waipawa was originally called Abbotsford.[4] There was also a children's home in Waipawa named Abbotsford.


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. map 42. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. map 108. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "Waipawa Travel Guide". Jasons Travel Media. 
  4. ^ "Discover Waipawa: Central Hawkes Bay - Unwind Country". 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 

Coordinates: 39°56′S 176°35′E / 39.933°S 176.583°E / -39.933; 176.583