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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Waipū. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Firebrand Scottish preacher Norman McLeod, with over 800 of his followers, founded the town of Waipū in 1854. The group had previously settled in Nova Scotia, but hardship led them to look further afield. Today the town still celebrates its Scottish heritage with Gaelic road signs, annual Highland Games and an impressive museum.

Norman McLeod,


Waipū township,

Bream Bay and environs,

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing A Scottish Settlement - Roadside Stories