Welcome to Waipu & Bream Bay

Waipu's original 934 British settlers came from Scotland via Nova Scotia (Canada) between 1853 and 1860. These canny Scots had the good sense to eschew frigid Otago, where so many of their kindred settled, for sunnier northern climes. Waipu celebrates its Scottish heritage with the annual Highland Games in January.

Bream Bay has miles of blissfully deserted beach, blighted only slightly by a giant oil refinery at the north end. At Uretiti, a stretch of beach south of a Department of Conservation (DOC) campsite is unofficially considered ‘clothing optional’. Over New Year the crowd is evenly split between Kiwi families, serious European nudists and gay guys from Auckland and Northland.

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