Warrington, New Zealand

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Warrington is located in New Zealand
Location of Warrington in New Zealand
Coordinates: 45°42′36″S 170°35′39″E / 45.7101°S 170.5941°E / -45.7101; 170.5941Coordinates: 45°42′36″S 170°35′39″E / 45.7101°S 170.5941°E / -45.7101; 170.5941
Country New Zealand
Island South Island
Region East Otago
 • Regional council Otago Regional Council
 • Territorial authority Dunedin City Council
Population (2006 census)[1]
 • Total 426
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code 03
Local iwi Ngāi Tahu

Warrington, known in Māori as Ōkāhau,[2] is a small settlement on the coast of Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. It is situated close to the northern shore of Blueskin Bay, an area of mudflats north of Dunedin, and is administered as part of Dunedin City. Warrington is 3 km from State Highway 1 linked by Coast Road. The Main South Line railway passes through the township and a tourist train, the Seasider passes through the settlement once or twice a week between Dunedin and Palmerston.

A Futuro house in Warrington

Warrington has a population of approximately 400. Warrington School is a year 0-8 (ages 5–13) full primary school. Warrington Playcentre is an early childhood centre (ages 0–6).

Warrington beach, a popular surf beach for locals and visitors from the city, is patrolled by volunteer lifeguards of the Warrington Surf Life Saving Club which established in Dunedin in 1957 and relocated here in 1976.[3]

St Barnabas Church is one of the area's oldest buildings.


  1. ^ Quickstats about Warrington
  2. ^ Place names on Kāti Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki website, viewed 2012-01-04
  3. ^ 'Surf life-saving: Historic name revived by club' on Otago Daily Times website, viewed 2012-12-06

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