Waimanaaki was originally known as Camp Anderson, due to the gifting of the land the camp stands on by the Anderson family in 1951.
In 2014, in the midst of major upgrades and renovations to the facilities, there were meetings and discussions about a possible name change to reflect the evolution of the camp.
Mindful of its history but looking to its future, the goal was to find a name that would be attractive and capture the spirit and nature of the camp. Many options were considered in both English and Māori.
We sought the help of Hoani Manu Hiwaru Paku, a knowledgeable Kaumatua from the Motuwairaka (Riversdale) Marae. He kindly supplied us with a list of potential Māori words that might suit our cause and with them their correct meanings for this region.
From this list we came up with Waimanaaki:
We look forward to seeing you at our beautiful seaside facility, sharing our hospitality and friendship, and ensuring your holiday or event is a fantastic success: a true Waimanaaki experience!