Waipoua Drive

Waipoua Drive has a euphonious ring as a street name. It was at one time proposed to call the post-war extension of Villa Street to Chapel Street by this name, but the proposal fell through, Villa Street being retained. The road between the two bridges in Queen Street, roughly from the stadium to the current course of the river, was once called Waipoua Road or Lansdowne Road, although it is now part of Queen Street.

Pic: In the early 1900s, the Kuripuni Methodist Sunday School formed their own Waipoua Drive by trekking through the river with traction engines.