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For the Dunedin suburb, see Wakari.
A two-storey, wooden pub, with Dominion Breweries signage. A telephone pole and a small utility vehicle are in the foreground.
The Star and Garter Hotel in Waikari
Waikari is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 42°58′S 172°41′E / 42.967°S 172.683°E / -42.967; 172.683Coordinates: 42°58′S 172°41′E / 42.967°S 172.683°E / -42.967; 172.683
Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Hurunui District
Population (2012 estimate)
 • Total 800
Time zone New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+13)
Postcode 7420

Waikari (Maori name 'Muddy Waters') is a small town in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island.

Its Anglican parish church is the Church of Ascension, 79 Princes Street, Waikari, where William Orange was vicar in the 1920s.[1]

Waikari is located on State Highway 7 near the Weka Pass and was served by the Waiau Branch railway from 6 April 1882 until its closure on 15 January 1978. The section of the railway through the Weka Pass has been retained by the Weka Pass Railway and preserved trains operate between Waipara and Waikari.

The town is also located near the site of Māori cave art and rock drawings in the Weka Pass Reserve.

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