Waikaia was orignially named Switzers, after a German bootmaker who took up land.
Waikaia is a farming community, home to around 1570 people. Settlement of Waikaia has been built on the back of sawmilling and gold mining. It is becoming more of a tourist destination and is home to New Zealand's only bottle house, a structure made from 20,000 bottles and part of Switzters Museum.
Council representation and facilities in Waikaia are listed below.
Community Partnership Leader
(03) 202 7766, 027 457 8186
(03) 248 6110, 027 493 0633
(03) 249 8255, 027 510 7785
Waikaia Community Development Area
The chair of the Waikaia CDA is:
PO Box 2
(03) 202 7877
Members of the Waikaia CDA are: Ray Dickson, Shirley Walker, Robin Stevenson, Michael Lobb, Cory McDowell, Graeme Coats and Councillor Brian Dillon (Council representative).
Dickson Park Playground
The Waikaia dog map - displaying where dogs are allowed, where they need a lead and where they are prohibited.