Trail Places

Waipiata

  • Hamiltons Cemetery

    Hamiltons Cemetery

    Approximately 20 minutes drive from Ranfurly and 10km from Waipiata, H...Read More

  • Waipiata Sky Wonders

    Waipiata Sky Wonders

    A night sky star gazing facility that will enable you to have an unbel...Read More

  • Behind the Bike Sheds

    Behind the Bike Sheds

    We offer two gorgeous cabins designed to provide a fantastic experienc...Read More

  • Komako Peonies & Cottage Garden Accommodation

    Komako Peonies & Cottage Garden Accommodation

    For your one night of difference on the Trail stay with us in rooms am...Read More

  • Peter's Farm Lodge

    Peter's Farm Lodge

    Peter's Farm Lodge is in a late 19th Century mud brick farm homestead ...Read More

  • Tussock Lodge

    Tussock Lodge

    Tussock Lodge offers you the choice of various accommodation options a...Read More

  • Waipiata Country Hotel

    Waipiata Country Hotel

    This tastefully refurbished historic hotel features country bar, bistr...Read More

  • Waipiata Country Hotel

    Waipiata Country Hotel

    This tastefully refurbished historic hotel features country bar, bistr...Read More

A quiet country township with one pub, Waipiata owes its beginnings to the railway – then rabbits and tuberculosis.

 A railway construction camp was based here, then railway “gangers” (workmen) continued to live in Waipiata. A rabbit-processing factory provided jobs for years until 1930 and the railway transported the produce to Dunedin.

If you have time to spare, cycle past the former tuberculosis sanatorium on the hill (now a religious retreat) and you will come to the historic Hamiltons Cemetery – this is a perfect place to look out over the Maniototo and also soak up some history. The Hamiltons Diggings once had 4000 diggers living there.

And before you leave town get your photo taken beside Waipiata Man at the Station site.  Again, the railway has contributed – he is made out of railway scrap metal.