Waikawa, Marlborough

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Waikawa Bay and marina
Waikawa Bay and marina
Waikawa is located in New Zealand Marlborough
Coordinates: 41°16′11″S 174°2′29″E / 41.26972°S 174.04139°E / -41.26972; 174.04139Coordinates: 41°16′11″S 174°2′29″E / 41.26972°S 174.04139°E / -41.26972; 174.04139
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Population (2006)
 • Total 1,158
Waikawa Bay, Marlborough

Waikawa is a small settlement to the north east of Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand. Waikawa Bay opens onto Queen Charlotte Sound.[1][2]

The population was 1158 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 168 from 2001.[3]

Although Waikawa has no shops with basic provisions, some basic items can be purchased at holiday parks, some accommodation apartments and many luxury holiday homes along the shoreline. Waikawa is an important New Zealand tourist destination because its large marina acts as gateway to the Marlborough Sounds and famous treks (hikes) such as the Queen Charlotte Track.

Waikawa is host to Waikawa Marina which is one of the largest marinas in New Zealand. Waikawa Marina hosts 600 yacht berths and 70 individual lock-up boatsheds. The marina offers a typical range of modern on-site marine services and facilities. These facilities include a café/bar and accommodation.


Waikawa Bay School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 5 and a roll of 133.[4]

A native school existed at Waikawa Pa by 1877.[5]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 61. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 133, 139. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ Quickstats about Waikawa
  4. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Waikawa Bay School
  5. ^ A. D. McIntosh, ed. (1940). Marlborough - A Provincial History. p. 345. 

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