Waikawa is a small settlement to the north east of Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand. Waikawa Bay opens onto Queen Charlotte Sound. The population was 1158 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 168 from 2001. Waikawa includes a couple of shops, some accommodations apartments and many luxury holiday homes along the shore line.
Waikawa is an important New Zealand tourist destination because with its large marina it acts as gate way to the Marlborough Sounds and famous treks (hikes) such as the Queen Charlotte Track. Waikawa is host to Waikawa Marina which is one of the largest marinas in New Zealand. Waikawa Marina hosts and 600 yacht berths and 70 individual lock-up boatsheds. The marina offers a typical range of modern on-site marine services and facilities. These facilities include a café/bar and accommodation.