Wyndham, New Zealand

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Wyndham is located in New Zealand
Balaclava Street, Wyndham

Wyndham is a rural town of 550 people in the South Island of New Zealand in the Southland region, 45 km (28 mi) east of Invercargill and 25 km (15 mi) south of Gore. The original Māori name of the locality was Mokoreta (clear or sweet water).[1]

Wyndham was named for General Sir Charles Ashe Windham who fought in the Crimean War. The streets are in turn named for events, places, battles and personalities from that war. The town was initially surveyed in 1869 and gazetted a town district in 1882.

Wyndham is situated on the east banks of the Mataura River, between the Mimihau Stream to the north and the Wyndham (Mokoreta) River to the south. Protected now by a floodbank, Wyndham is a service centre for the surrounding districts with a shopping centre, library, museum and hotel. For eighty years, it was served by the Wyndham Branch railway which provided a connection with the Main South Line, and for forty years, an extension past Wyndham was operated to Glenham.

Wyndham has a primary school, Wyndham School, and a secondary school, Menzies College.

A recreational area has a golf course, race course, rugby ground, softball diamond, bowling green, tennis/netball courts and camping ground. Brown trout fishing is within walking distance as well.


  1. ^ John A. Cullen, ed. (1979). Wises New Zealand Guide (7th ed.). 

Coordinates: 46°20′S 168°51′E / 46.333°S 168.850°E / -46.333; 168.850