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Minor urban area
Waipawa is located in North Island
Waipawa's location within the North Island
Coordinates: 39°56′S 176°35′E / 39.933°S 176.583°E / -39.933; 176.583Coordinates: 39°56′S 176°35′E / 39.933°S 176.583°E / -39.933; 176.583
Country New Zealand
Region Hawke's Bay
Territorial authority Central Hawke's Bay District
Population (June 2017)[1]
 • Total 2,100
Postcode(s) 4210

Waipawa is the second-largest town in Central Hawke's Bay in the east of the North Island of New Zealand. It has a population of 2,100 (June 2017).[1] At the 2013 census, it had a population of 1,965, a change of 2.2 percent from the 2006 census.[2]

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.[3][4] Waipawa was settled in the early 1860s, and the Settler's Museum exhibits many of these historical collections.[5]

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

Waipawa was originally called Abbotsford.[6] There was also a children's home in Waipawa named Abbotsford.

Youth Organisations[edit]

Waipawa has been home to several youth organisations. Namely, the New Zealand Cadet Forces's ATC branch, as well as a Scouts New Zealand branch. However, since 2000, both major youth organisations have gone into recess.


Waipawa has one primary school, 'Waipawa Primary School' and used to have a secondary school, Waipawa District High School. This was merged 75 years ago with Waipukurau District High School to make Central Hawke's Bay College based in Waipukurau.


  1. ^ a b "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2017 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.  For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-16 (2017 boundary)". Statistics New Zealand. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Statistics New Zealand: 2013 Census About a place: Waipawa". 
  3. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. map 42. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  4. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. map 108. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  5. ^ "Waipawa Travel Guide". Jasons Travel Media. 
  6. ^ "Discover Waipawa: Central Hawkes Bay - Unwind Country". Archived from the original on 14 May 2010.