Waverley, Taranaki

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Coordinates: 39°45′40″S174°37′48″E / 39.76111°S 174.63000°E / -39.76111; 174.63000
Country New Zealand
Region Taranaki
District South Taranaki District
Waverley Railway Station Waverley Railway Station, Taranaki, New Zealand.jpg
Waverley Railway Station

Waverley is a town located in the South Taranaki District in New Zealand. It is 44 km northwest of Wanganui. Patea is 17 km to the west, and Waitotara is 10 km to the southeast. State Highway 3 and the Marton - New Plymouth Line railway run through the town. [1] [2]

South Taranaki District Territorial authority in Taranaki, New Zealand

South Taranaki is a territorial authority on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island that contains the towns of Hawera, Manaia, Opunake, Patea, Eltham, and Waverley. The District has a land area of 3,575.46 km² and a population of 28,300. It is part of the greater Taranaki Region.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Patea Place in Taranaki, New Zealand

Patea is the third-largest town in South Taranaki, New Zealand. It is on the western bank of the Patea River, 61 kilometres north-west of Whanganui on State Highway 3. Hawera is 27 km to the north-west, and Waverley 17 km to the east. The Patea River flows through the town from the north-east and into the South Taranaki Bight. In the 2013 census, the population was 1,098 people, a decrease of 42 people since the 2006 Census.


The population was 861 in the 2006 Census, a decrease of 42 from 2001. [3]

History and culture

Waverley was an important colonial stronghold during the land wars of the 1860s, during which time the town was called Wairoa. The town is well known for its farming and thoroughbred stables. The race horse Kiwi was trained in the paddocks of a Waverley sheep farm by owner Snow Lupton, and went on to go from last on the final bend to win the 1983 Melbourne Cup.

Kiwi was a New Zealand Thoroughbred racehorse who in 1983 won both the Wellington Cup in New Zealand and the Melbourne Cup in Australia. He is especially renowned for his last-to-first victory in the latter event, and remains the only horse to have ever won both cups. Kiwi raced from 1980 to 1987, and died in 1995 at the age of 18.

Melbourne Cup horse race

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3200-metre race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is known locally as "the race that stops a nation".


The local Te Wairoa-iti Marae and Maruata meeting house are a meeting place for Ngāti Tai, a hapū of Ngā Rauru Kītahi. [4] [5]

Ironsand mining and renewable energy

The Waipipi onshore ironsand mine operated near Waverley from 1971 to 1987, producing a total of 15.7 million tonnes of of concentrate for export [6] . The Waipipi site is now being developed for the Waverley Wind Farm, with 31 turbines generating up to 130 MW.


Ironsand also known as iron-sand and iron sand is a type of sand with heavy concentrations of iron. It is typically dark grey or blackish in colour.

The Waverley Wind Farm is a wind powered electricity generation project in New Zealand planned by Tilt Renewables. This development is proposed for a site located between Patea and Waverley in South Taranaki. The development concept is for up to 48 wind turbines over 980 hectares, generating up to 130 MW at a cost of approximately $300 million.


Waverley has a large sawmill which employs around 48 staff. The mill is the only major sawmill as far as New Plymouth in the north and Levin in the south.

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Waverley Beach

Waverley has a black sand beach, the colour is due to iron sand deposits. The campground at the beach is well used in the summer months, as the beach provides safe surfing. Waverley has a number of cafes and coffee shops and is a popular place for tourists to stop for a break before entering the Taranaki region.

Waverley and surrounding community has a South Taranaki District Council LibraryPlus, which provides a full library service and Council related services. These services include being able to register your dog, pay your rates or inquire about obtaining a building permit. Other services include a Tot Time for the under 5s and bookclub catering to intermediate and high school age children. The LibraryPlus also has three APN computers, offering free internet and Skype to the public.

Waverley has a small skatepark as well as a playground in the town park that can be seen off the main road that runs through Waverley. Also there are well kept tennis courts and on Brassey St there is a small dirt jump track for push bikes. The locals call it the BMX track. The cave at Waverley's cave beach has collapsed due to erosion.


Waverley Primary School is a co-educational contributing primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 3 and a roll of 136. [7] Public education started in the area in 1873. [8] Waverley High School closed on 20 April 2007, [9] after its NCEA assessments were found to be unreliable. [10] [11]


  1. Peter Dowling (editor) (2004), Reed New Zealand Atlas, Reed Books, map 44, ISBN   0-7900-0952-8 CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. Roger Smith, GeographX (2005), The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand, Robbie Burton, map 97, ISBN   1-877333-20-4
  3. Quickstats about Waverley
  4. "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  5. "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
  6. "Firm wants mining to begin by 2014". Stuff. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  7. Education Counts: Waverley Primary School
  8. "Jubilees & reunions: Waverley Primary School and Waverley High School", Education Gazette New Zealand, 75 (22), 16 December 1996[ dead link ]
  9. Waverley High School to close, Scoop, 3 April 2007
  10. Stowell, Laurel (15 February 2007), We're not going anywhere: Waverley parents, Wanganui Chronicle
  11. "Questions for Oral Answer — Questions to Ministers: Waverley High School—Confidence in Oversight", Hansard (New Zealand), 637: 7319, 2007

Coordinates: 39°46′S174°38′E / 39.767°S 174.633°E / -39.767; 174.633

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