Waiau has a picture perfect village green with a historic jail and some village stocks on the domain. The town’s heritage buildings include the Highfield Woolshed located 2 km north of Waiau and is the oldest surviving woolshed in the Amuri district. Waiau community hall and library 1921 is classified as a Category II listed building under the Historic Places Act 1993. There are two architecturally distinct parts. The original building of the Arts and Crafts style was constructed in 1911-1912 with government subsidies made available for the construction of public facilities to commemorate the coronation of George V.
The Cob Cottage Museum and the Old Presbyterian Church Heritage Centre. The museum and heritage centre both house an extensive collection of donated items. These items range from household memorabilia and clothing through to documents and an extensive photographic collection which has recently been digitised. Entry by donation. Check on Facebook for opening hours Amuri Historical Society.
From Waiau you will pass Mt Lyford, the alpine ski town. Mt Lyford has New Zealand’s only log cabin village. Mt Lyford is an alpine town with its peak season winter sports in the Terako Basin, Mt Lyford ski resort.
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