Visitor Information

The first stop for visitors is the Waipu Scottish Migration Museum Visitor Information Centre. Our brochure display presents the best of Waipu  attractions and entertainment. You will soon realise why Norman McLeod and followers sailed half way around the world to get here, and why many of their descendants still reside here today.

Waipu Township

The original buildings and landmarks of Waipu are a must-see, showcasing the pioneering lifestyle from only a few generations ago. The charm extends beyond history though, so take time to explore Waipu while visiting impressive galleries and eateries dotted around the village. Check out the Black Shed Gallery Waipu, or the Village Antique  and second hand Shops ‘Industry’ and ‘The Rose and Crown’, enduring attractions for visitors and locals.

When it’s time for sustenance, staff at the Waipu Scottish Migration Museum Visitor Information centre can show you the best cafés, takeaways, European, Indian or Asian style cuisine. Waipu is laid-back and accessible, making it an ideal stopover for soaking up history while watching the world go by. The locals you meet may even be descendants of original settlers, with a story of their own to share.

Magical Waipu Cove

If you love the Ocean, head to Waipu Cove and Bream Bay’s best surf spot. There is also a Cafe and Restaurant located opposite the white sandy beach for a meal or refreshments. Outdoor types will also appreciate the Waipu Coastal Walkway to Langs, the panoramic Mangawhai Coastal Walkway, or the short drive to explore the famous Waipu Glow Worm Caves or Waipu’s Piroa Waterfall.

The friendly staff at Waipu Scottish Migration Museum are locals who can show you the best of Village life. Queries regarding upcoming events and celebrations or the history and heritage of Waipu are always welcome.

Stay for a day or two in Waipu

Considering staying a little longer in Waipu? Check out our brochure selection for accommodation of all styles, including bed and breakfasts, lodges, hotels, holiday parks and backpackers. At Waipu, there is plenty of scope for you to enjoy the hospitality your way while soaking up the atmosphere. Plan out the rest of your trip with the friendly Museum Staff who will be happy to show you a variety of tourist attractions, activities and things to do in Whangarei and wider Northland.

Waipu Scottish Migration Museum Visitor Information Centre is located at 36 The Centre, Waipu. For more details, contact us on

T64 9 432 0746