Cloudy and rainy but still warm. There is a bit of wind so the sea is a bit choppy.
A few white caps today. Waipu Cove now has its own Surf School - enquire with your booking!
The"Madly Indian" restaurant, cooking tasty Indian dishes from the Punjab area, continues to be a local favourite as well as the famous Pizza Barn. Zany's Haven is hoping they may start doing deliveries soon! The local Fish 'n' Chip shop has reopened after its fire! Food is also available at the local RSA club (opposite the Fire Station) at reasonable cost. There are also new owners of the Waipu Cove Cafe who enjoyed a roaring success in the first summer season and is recommended too. The Cove Cafe does takeaways too.
The Waipu Museum intends to be the best small museum in the Southern Hemisphere - come and check it out for yourself. To commerate the start of WWI the Waipu Museum has installed story boards around Waipu telling some of the stories of the local brave men and women who lost their lives in the Great War, so that we can always remember them. For more info visit www.waipumuseum.com
Zany's Haven supports and is a subscriber to the New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust. Once common, this small shorebird is now in danger of extinction with less than 40 birds left in New Zealand. Within easy walking distance of Zany's Haven is one of the few sites, at the Waipu River Estuary, were they still breed.
The Fairy Terns breeding season was hailed a success again. Lets hope the success continues after disasterous previous years with feral cats attacking nests and birds, to people trampling on chicks two days from being able to fly. The DOC rangers have been working hard to trap the cats and educate the beach goers, but even they can not be there all the time. Please be mindful of the rich wildlife at the Waipu River Estuary Reserve. Other birds can also be seen at the Reserve including rare NZ birds such as the NZ Dotterel, Caspian Tern and Variable Oystercatchers. Please remember dogs are not allowed in the reserve area.
Highland Games every January 1st in The Caledonian Park, Waipu. Book accommodation early as Waipu soon fills up!
Waipu Easter Carnival on Easter Saturday in The Caledonian Park, Waipu.
Waipu Wearable Arts Show and Waipu in Tartan runs in July visit www.waipumuseum.com for more info
Waipu Street Market and Antique Fair are on every long weekend, the anniversary weekend in January. Then for Queens' birthday in early June and Labour weekend in October.
Boutique Sunday Market at the Waipu Coronation Hall on the Second Sunday in every month, check out the website www.waipumarket.co.nz
check out www.breambay.co.nz