Waikanae District Postal Services
Waikanae co-operative and Post Office Store. Chris MacLean Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, NZ. Ref. 150358-1/2
Location: 9 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae
In 1841, letter carriers on foot began the first postal service on the coastal route between Wellington and Wanganui. From 1847, Armed Police based at Waikanae carried the mail. Later, Thomas Wilson opened Waikanae Post Office in the Ferry Inn on the south bank of the river. From 1865, regular coach services carried mail and passengers between Wellington and Wanganui.
In 1885, Henry Walton opened a trading post with a post office near the present Walton Avenue not far from where the coaches crossed Waikanae River and for a while this area was known as Waltonville. After the Wellington-Manawatu railway line opened in 1886, all coach services stopped. In 1894, the post office was moved to a new store near the railway line, with telephone services added. The building you see today opened in 1907 and operated until 1982, when a new post office opened in Mahara Place.
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