History of Glenavy


Glenavy is in the middle of predominately dairy country and was named for Glenavy, Northern Ireland, the birthplace of former New Zealand Premier John Balance.

Glenavy is an awesome base for Anglers as the village is well placed at the mouth of the Waitaki River where catches of both Salmon and Trout are plentiful. Whitebaiting a certainty, netting near the entrance can also reward you with a catch of both Flounder and Mullet.

The settlement of Glenavy at the northern end of the main road and rail bridges over the Waitaki River. It was known until 1890 as the "Waitaki North". Glenavy is 24 kms sth east of Waimate. It gained an accommodation house in 1860 and a village settlement in 1881. It grew further after the subdivision of the Waikakahi Estate in 1899.

Between about 1900 and 1960 Glenavy was smaller than nearby Morven but its position on the main road and its popularity with the salmon fishermen have saved it from decline which Morven has suffered.

In 1929 an electricity substation was built at Glenavy to feed power from Lake Coleridge to the Waitaki hydro construction site. In the 1950's and early 1960's a Ministry of Works construction camp swelled the population, while new road and rail bridges were built to replace the old combined bridge of 1877.



The People of Glenavy


Warm and welcoming, very helpful and charming, a friendly little village that boasts a local hotel, known for its salmon fishing competitions and memorabilia. They sell a great cold beverage or 2 and you can have a very tasty meal on thursdays, fridays and Saturday nights at a very affordable price. You will be made to feel very welcome. Cold nights are their specialty with a blazing log burner, you wont want to go home, but maybe that is the general idea.

You can also get takeaways and general grocery items plus fishing gear at the local store.

If you have a sick pet, the vet is on the corner. There is also a 24 hr self service petrol station, school, hall, fire brigade, church. Everything that you need to make your stay an enjoyable one.

The locals are very helpful when you need advice or a helping hand.