Halfway along State Highway 3 between Hawera and Wanganui lies Waverley, the South Taranaki District’s southern most town.  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.

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

Things to see and do while visiting Waverley

Ashley Park

Ashley Park is located in South Taranaki, approximately 20 minutes from Wanganui and 45 minutes from Hawera on SH3. 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.  .

Waverley Beach

Just 9 kms on tarseal from Wereroa Road, the main road through the town, you will find the home of the iconic Hole in the Rock, long black sandy beaches and a camping ground with everything needed for holidaying campers - in vans, with tents or just back-packing - who need a place to stay for the night with hot running water, toilets and cooking facilities available.  Situated on Coleman Ave Waverley Beach - 1 Cabin, 25 powered sites and numerous others unpowered.  There is an established children's playground and a short walk to the cuttings through the cliff leads you to the beaches.  Surf casting is a favourite past time as fish are plentiful.   Formal fees are paid on an honesty system to the Waverley LibraryPlus office on Wereroa Road.

Waverley Heritage Buildings

Waverley Glass Art Studio

A working artist studio and gallery owned by award winning artists Lisa and Jimi Walsh. 

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. A 40min scenic country drive from Wanganui, the lodge is a self catering private retreat suitable for up to 12 people. It is even more perfect when there is just the two of you!

Outdoor Remote Adventures

Offering some great hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Hunt for Fallow Buck, Wild Boar, Wild Bull, Wild Goar, Duck, Turkey, Pheasant and Trout Fishing. Experience rural New Zealand through our Farm Stay Accommodation and Bush Walks. Get the Adrenaline pumping with our Jet Boat Adventure. Hurtling past native bush by Jet Boar may not be the most restful way to view it, but it certianly is most exciting ! 

Rewi Alley's Cottage - Moeawatea

For six years in the early 1920s activist and writer Rewi Alley and his business partner Jack Stevens farmed an isolated property in the Moeawatea Valley, 40 kilometres inland of Waverley. Alley withdrew from the partnership in 1926 and went to China, where he spent the rest of his life. In the late 1980s the derelict house was restored by a Conservation Corps team under the auspices of the Wanganui branch of the Historic Places Trust. 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. 

Waverley Swimming Pool

Located on Weraroa Road, Waverley.  Opens early December through to mid March.

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.

Lake Herengawe, Waverley 

Lake Herengawe are located on privately owned land, 3.5 km south of Waverley near the Lower Herengawe Road and Ihupuku Road junction. Popular locally for water skiing, swimming and picnicing. Private access, farmer permission required.

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)