Waipā has a rich and compelling heritage made up of many ecological, built, and cultural features.
Visit discoverwaipa.co.nz to find out more about explore our significant historical sites, including Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, peat lakes, historic buildings like the Cambridge Town Hall as well as pā and battle sites.
Starting in Cambridge, the eastern side of our district includes Lake Te Koo Utu, Roto-o-rangi, Sanatorium Hill and Lake Karāpiro.
Starting in Te Awamutu, the western side of our district includes key land war sites including Rangiaowhia, Ōrākau and Alexandra Armed Constabulary Redoubt.
Explore our engaging history with the Waipā Heritage Trail brochure to see Māori and European settlement sites, battle sites, trading posts and other places that have helped shape our district.
Kihikihi heritage trail
Located just south of Te Awamutu, Kihikihi village has its origins in a village of the Ngāti Maniapoto and subsequent European military settlement. You can explore this by following the Kihikihi Heritage Trail brochure .
To help achieve our goal of being environmental and cultural champions, we have dedicated funding for maintaining and enhancing the district's heritage. Learn more about our heritage fund.