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Waipawa's Clock Tower.


Waipawa is the oldest inland town in Hawke's Bay.

Waipawa was founded on the banks of the Waipawa River by runholder Frederick Abbott in 1860. The town, originally named Abbottsford, was located next to a ford in the river. Settlers preferred its Māori name, Waipawa. Te Tapairu pā was established near the town in 1872. For more background information check out the Te Ara website.


In 2010 Waipawa will celebrate 150 years as a township. As Hawke's Bay's oldest inland town, this is quite an achievement.

Turning 150 is a time which will only happen once in

Waipawa will be celebrating its 150th birthday in 2010

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Mail Coach @ Commercial Hotel Waipawa.

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