Waikawa Bay, Picton, New Zealand

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Flowers along the beach front.

Waikawa Bay is about 8 km from Picton, It is a very attractive small cove, with a large boat Marina.

Population is only about 500 people though during the holiday seasons this doubles with holiday makers.

There is a pleasant picnic area and childrens play area, and the bay is safe for swimming. A very good gas barbeque is available on the beach front for a small charge. The idea being; you first catch yourself a fish then you barbeque it and eat it at the tables provided.

Catching a small fish is not difficult, there are plenty of spotties  and even some blue cod if your really lucky. But to really catch the big ones you do need to go out in a boat to deeper waters.

The Waikawa Maori Marae, whale bone entry arch and carved meeting house.

One nice cafe caters for  the thirst of the picnicers, and another within the Marina for the boaties. We used to own a large launch 'Sabina' and had it moored in the Waikawa Marina, however the constant maintanence required to keep it looking good became a bit much so we sold the big launch and bought a small out-board motor boat that will take us most anywhere quite quickly just not so comfortably or leisurely.

Accommadation is available, there is a motel block, several b&bs and homestays and two camping grounds, both of which supply comfortable cabins to visitors. but no hotels as yet.

There is a quite large Maori Marae for the Maori population, the entry is through a Whale Bone Archway. The big carved Maori Meeting house is very impressive with all the carving and weaving on the walls inside, all of this tells stories from the past. Women are generally not allowed in this meeting house, but there are some times of exception when even us ladies are allowed to examine the quality workmanship.

Lucky visitors get to to be welcomed on to this marae with singing and dancing and a challenge that can be rather scary if your not expecting it.

tvillingmarit says:
Nice blog, and the photos are exellent
Posted on: Jun 20, 2008
FishAtHeart says:
Looks like a wonderful place! I will have to include it on my list of places to visit!
Posted on: Feb 13, 2008
TRE69 says:
Love your pictures...it is my dream to visit NZ!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2008
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Flowers along the beach front.
Flowers along the beach front.
The Waikawa Maori Marae, whale bon…
The Waikawa Maori Marae, whale bo…
Looking down the Marlborough Sound…
Looking down the Marlborough Soun…
Looking towards the boat Marina.
Looking towards the boat Marina.
Part of Waikawa Marina
Part of Waikawa Marina
Waikawa beach the small settlement…
Waikawa beach the small settlemen…
At the boat launching ramp Waikawa…
At the boat launching ramp Waikaw…
Sabina the big launch we used to…
'Sabina' the big launch we used t…
Such a pretty bay.
Such a pretty bay.
Note the houses built on top of th…
Note the houses built on top of t…
Lots of boats out on the water.
Lots of boats out on the water.
A haven for boaties, the calm wate…
A haven for boaties, the calm wat…
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