This is the original lighthouse keepers house moved from Portland Island, off Mahia, to the mainland & is now located on the foreshore of the main Mahia Beach.

Waikawa is set in established grounds surrounded by history.

Waikawa was built by the marine dept as a light house keepers house for the principal keeper on Portland Island in 1876 completely out of kauri, designed by John Blackett along with the light house and other buildings on the island.

The light house was automated in 1984 and the buildings were removed and relocated to Mahia Beach in 1990 by the present owners.

Architects John Scott & Steve McGavock were instructed to tastefully improve the house in keeping with modern requirements.

The house contains numerous early photographs and items recovered from mahia shipwrecks, experience outstanding views out to sea and across the bay to the old port, Waikokopu.

This 140 year old weatherboard Kauri 2 storey house is one of a kind for New Zealand and has been restored to its former glory. With 5 seperate bedrooms throughout, it can sleep any number of people.

With this house goes plenty of early Mahia history stories - A very special place.

This is our farmily home so bookings only available in the off-season.

Personal contact is required for further details.

The view from Waikawa.

Directions to Waikawa:

Drive along Newcastle street, past the the lotto shop on your right. Turn first right into pohutakawa Drive, and you will see Waikawa on your right down the street, No14.

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Portland Island
maori name "Waikawa"
meaning bitter water

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