This corner of the Maniototo was once a thriving railway camp with as the Central Otago Railway line snaked into being across the Maniototo Plain. The Waipiata Sanatorium (1914) along the Waipiata-Patearoa Rd near the old Hamilton’s goldfield is now a private retreat called En Hakkore (Place of Refreshment). A now closed rabbit factory once staffed 100 and operated from 1919 until the 1930’s. Just out of town is the iron bridge, known by locals as the Green Bridge, is a popular picnicing spot. Today, Waipiata hosts many visitors and Rail Trailers, providing a selection of accomodation and food.
This historic hotel has stood on the site since 1899. It is an ideal place to stop and rest or stay the night in our stunning accommodation. Mud brick walls keep the hotel cool in summer and warm in winter. The addition of a huge all weather deck provides stunning views of the mountains and a place to relax and catch your breath. Waipiata is the perfect distance from Lauder, Oturehua, Wedderburn and a comfortable ride from the railhead at Middlemarch. ‘Like’ our Facebook page to be kept up-to-date on raffle nights, special events etc.
Situated on ‘Idylwild’ property (right on the rail trail), Komako is the original name of Waipiata and translates to ‘Bellbird’. The original homestead was built in 1916 by early settlers and is now owned by Heather and Grant, who have developed this stark 10 acre block into a slice of paradise with their peonies and restored heritage accommodation. As part of the Komako experience, guests are encouraged to make themselves feel totally at home in the gardens and grounds … (more)
Situated 150 metres from the Rail Trail, 400 metres from local amenities & great views Tussock Lodge offers you the choice of various accommodation options and functionality. We utilise the latest in eco friendly appliances and fixtures to help reduce the impact on this remote environment. Boasting 4 separate Super King Rooms, (with quite possibly the most comfortable beds on the trail) capable of sleeping up to 8 people and very comfortable lounge area, why wouldn’t you stay at the amazing Tussock Lodge in Waipiata? We look forward to meeting you.
The township of Patearoa is another settlement which occurred as the result of goldmining. Called Sowburn when mining began, it relied on nearby Hamiltons for many of its needs but, by 1890, a post office, store, blacksmith and bakery/butcher were established. Today there is a nine hold golf course, bowling green and tennis courts.