Farming locality 16 km south of Amberley and 33 km from Christchurch, with a population of around 800. An increase from the early 1990s indicates the town’s popularity with Christchurch commuters. A rope and twine works, which initially used flax from local swamps, closed in 1987. Waikuku Beach is a small coastal settlement on Pegasus Bay.

Meaning of place name
Translates as 'Freshwater mussel waters' - wai: water; kuku: freshwater mussel

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