Waipa has a rich and compelling heritage comprising many ecological, built, and cultural features. These include Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari​, numerous peat lakes, historic buildings such as the Cambridge Town Hall, and numerous Pa sites and battle sites.

Maintaining and enhancing Waipa's unique cultural, historic and environmental heritage is important to us. Our muse​um in Te Awamutu has a strong heritage focus and you can also follow one of our heritage trails in the district.

In line with our goal of being environmental and cultural champions, we have dedicated funding for enhancing the district's heritage. Our heritage fund is available to assist the community to undertaken heritage enhancement projects.

Waipa history

To know where we're going, we've got to know where we've come from... ​Learn about the rich history of the Waipa district​, including the first international rowing regatta held at Lake Karāpiro in 1952, Rewi Maniapoto's battles for the Kīngitanga​ movement in the 1860s, and the restoration of our peat lake wetlands' unique ecosystem.​

Waipa Heritage Trail

You can explore the Waipa’s  rich and engaging history by following the Waipa Heritage Trail, visit sites of Māori and European settlements, battle sites, trading posts, and places that have played a significant part in the development of Waipa District.

Kih​ikihi Heritage Trail

Located just south of Te Awamutu, Kihikihi village has its origins in a village of the Ngati Maniapoto and subsequent European military settlement. You can explore this engaging history by following the Kihik​ihi heritage trail brochure.

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