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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.


  1. ^ "Waikaia". NZETC.org. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived June 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Serving Southland's Museums: Three months in Waikaia". Museums Aotearoa. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Gore Southland New Zealand Trout Fishing Mataura River Southland Gore Attractions". Atoz-nz.com. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 

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