Wairoa Activities and Attractions
Wairoa is the gateway to Te Urewera National Park and Lake Waikaremoana. This little town is perfect if you're wanting to experience a variety of activities, or to relax, unwind and plan the next part of your journey.
The Gaiety Theatre was Wairoa's first cinema. It was originally built in 1928, collapsed in the 1931 earthquake, but was quickly rebuilt. It closed its doors in the late 1960s but was reopened again and reinstated to its former glory in the mid-1990s.
It is a venue for screenings, live shows and themed events.
The Wairoa Museum has two exhibition galleries. The main gallery features the long-term display – Whakaatatanga o Te Wairoa – 'Reflections of the Long River'. This installation traces the natural and cultural history of our area, from the time of first colonisation, approximately 1000 years ago, to the present.
Wairoa River Walkway/Cycleway
The Wairoa Township River Walkway winds along the banks of the river from the historic lighthouse in the CBD, finishing at the famous lookout point on Pilot's Hill. In the few years since the walkway was started, it has become a mainstay in the recreational activities of both residents and visitors alike. On any day of the week, people can be seen enjoying the path, whether it be taking a leisurely stroll, running or cycling with the family.