Waikaia was orignially named Switzers, after a German bootmaker who took up land.
Waikaia is a farming community, home to around 1570 people. Settlement of Waikaia has been built on the back of sawmilling and gold mining. It is becoming more of a tourist destination and is home to New Zealand's only bottle house, a structure made from 20,000 bottles and part of Switzters Museum.
Council representation and facilities in Waikaia are listed below.
Members of the Waikaia CDA are: Ray Dickson, Shirley Walker, Robin Stevenson, Michael Lobb, Cory McDowell, Graeme Coats and Council representative Brian Dillon.
The Waikaia dog map - displaying where dogs are allowed, where they need a lead and where they are prohibited.