The lively Wairoa community is built around whanau, friendship and a love of the outdoors. An increasing number of people are choosing to live in the rural service town where technology has overcome isolation barriers, yet the low cost of living and relaxed lifestyle has been maintained.
Wairoa means ‘Long Water’!
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Mahia site, based in the Wairoa district, is the only private orbital launch range in the world.
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Living in Wairoa means popping home for lunch, no traffic jams, watersport adventures after work, and - all at a minimal cost. There are a range of specialist jobs offering competitive pay and career opportunities for individuals and couples and Wairoa offers the ideal location to raise a family. Wairoa is a natural paradise centrally situated halfway down the north island spread along the beautiful East Coast. Its foundations are friendliness and hospitality with its growing population offering a diverse quirkiness with an increase in arts, galleries and bespoke businesses.
The district is flavoured by the strong cultural influence of the Māori heritage that beats at the heart of the community. Māori make up 66 percent of the population. Wairoa means ‘Long Water’ with a tranquil river running through the town and bordering the main street which caters for shopping and urban coffee lovers.
A walkway/cycleway stretches the length of the town riverbank with the river ideal for rowing, waka ama, jet boating, water skiing and yachting. The town features a community centre with swimming facilities, indoor sports and a gymnasium, museum, Destination Playground, a skatebowl, and the iconic Gaiety Theatre - for movies and live entertainment.
The outdoor capital boasts beaches, bush and waterways. From fishing, swimming and diving along the coastline of Mahia Peninsula to trout fishing in the Ruakituri or soaking in the therapeutic natural mineral hot springs at Morere. Wairoa is home to Lake Waikaremoana in Te Urewera famed for its waterfalls, native rainforest, fishing and walks.