Approximately halfway along State Highway 3 between Hawera and Wanganui lies Waverley, the South Taranaki District’s southern most town.  Another rural community with an equally fascinating history, Waverley offers visitors a wide variety of adventures and experiences to get your heart pumping or help you enjoy some rest and relaxation.  Its shopping centre has retail and service outlets as well as a supermarket, service station, café and takeaway bar, bank and library. 

A quick detour off the main road can take you to Waverley Beach renown for its interesting rock stacks and caves, or to Waipipi Beach, which is flat and safe for swimming, and where the fishing and offshore reef diving offers some of the best in New Zealand.  Just five minutes from town you can water ski, kayak or swim at Lupton’s Lake or enjoy the 18 hole Waverley golf course further down the road.  Walkways along the beaches and clifftops allow you to explore a unique and diverse environment where you can find secluded beaches or wild and rugged coastline.

Check out Waverley's website: www.waverleyway.co.nz/

Things to see and do while visiting Waverley:

Ashley Park – A variety of accommodation options, picnic spot and large, fun and friendly animal park for all ages.  Most of the birds and animals are able to be hand fed with food that can be purchased from the office.    Four aces of landscaped parks and grounds with extensive camellia area, picturesque lake and picnic area.  A short drive towards Whanganui from the township.

Waverley Heritage Buildings

Black Sand Studio – A working artist studio and gallery owned by Jilly Hare with pieces of artwork on display and for sale. 

Fancy a game of golf?  Ihupuku Road, Waverley - If golf is your favourite pastime there are good things in store for you in South Taranaki.  Visit our separate webpage for a list of all the golf clubs in our area.

LuptonsLake – an idea water skiing, swimming, picnicking and boating venue.

Mount Hiwi Lodge - The lodge is located on a ridge overlooking over 80 acres of private bush, which borders a 6-7 acre lake for the exclusive use of guests.

Outdoor Remote Adventures – Hurtle past native bush deep into Waitotara State forest, or experience real kiwi bloke (or blokess) adventure, hunting deer, pig, turkey, pheasant or fishing for trout. 

Public Swimming Pool – Weraroa Road, Waverley.  Open early December-mid March.

Rewi Alley’s Cottage – Moeawatea-  If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and perseverance, a seven kilometre, fair weather track provides road access to activist, writer and artist Rewi Alley’s cottage in the Moeawatea Valley. 

Waitotara Walkways – A celebration of the natural areas of the Waverley and Waitotara region for those with an interest in walking, tramping and enjoying natural history.

South Taranaki i-site Visitor Information Centre

For great advice, service and friendly tourist information wherever you are in the region, please phone or visit the i-Site Visitor Information Centre in Hawera.  All South Taranaki libraries also offer visitor and tourist information throughout the working week and display boards are kept up to date with community notices and events. 

Address:  55 High Street (PO Box 5), Hawera

Telephone:  06 278 8599

Fax:  06 278 6599


Open Hours:

Monday-Friday 8.30 am-5.15 pm

Weekends and Public Holidays 9.30-4 pm (December-April), 10 am-3 pm (May-November)