The Waitaki district has some of the best cuisine in the country with award winning restaurants and producers combined with some of the freshest produce straight from the garden or sea. With a focus on quality and providing an authentic Waitaki experience in dining you will need a week to get around the food and wine delights the region has to offer.
Riverstone Kitchen was awarded the Cuisine New Zealand Restaurant of the Year in 2010 and it is easy to see why. With a focus on fresh quality produce Riverstone is a must visit restaurant in Waitaki.
The Cuisine Champions of Cheese Awards presented Whitestone Cheese with the most awards of any brand entered in 2011. Take a self guided tour of the factory before sampling a platter of award winning cheese.
When British television chef and restaurateur Rick Stein was told he could choose to go anywhere in the world to write a travel article for English newspaper the Daily Mail, he chose Fleurs Place in Moeraki, New Zealand. Situated at Moeraki, Fleur’s speciality is fresh fish straight off the boats.
With its stunning location situated at the entrance to Oamaru’s historic harbour, Portside enjoys a fantastic vista stretching from town, past the local fishing fleet out across the Pacific Ocean. Relax on the deck for lunch, dinner or for a platter and some drinks.
Fleur Sullivan has just opened a new restaurant in Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct which is focused around slow cooked heritage food and banqueting.
Totara Lowlands offers a wonderful homemade selection of jams, chutneys, sauces, dessert toppings alongside hazlenuts, dukkah, hazelnut oil and seasonal cherries and berries.
One of the oldest restaurants in New Zealand, the Star and Garter provides lovely home cooked meals, lunch specials and a unique part of Oamaru’s history.
Birdlands Wine Bar opened in 2010 in the Victorian Precinct in Oamaru and offers a range of local and national wines, wine tastings and platter food to enjoy.
Kurow Winery produces a range of award winning wines produced in one of the cleanest and most beautiful areas of New Zealand. With a cellar door, wine tastings and platter lunches available, Kurow Winery is a must visit in the Valley.
Situated in the Old Post office in Kurow, Vintners Drop is a regional wine tasting room where you can sample wines from all over the Valley.
Opening in September 2011 beside the Victorian Precinct, the Oamaru Farmers Market will showcase a range of fresh, natural produce straight from the garden or sea.
Waitaki Independent Irrigators Inc nutrient management workshop. 10:30am on 1 Oct at the Kurow Hotel. Members and non-members welcome
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Temperature +14.9 Deg C at Fri, Sep 19 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 37%, 992 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Region of the day http://t.co/EpcKIKqWLV
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Upper Waitaki Zone Committee meeting: The Upper Waitaki Zone Committee will meet for its regular monthly meeting... http://t.co/yvryApY2tB
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Waitaki council halves irrigation loan offer http://t.co/1e7lum7rVK
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Presentation on role of genes in your well being at St Albans Church tonight 7:30pm. Kurow is the place to be informed in the Waitaki!
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Reserves management plan adopted: The first-ever Waitaki Reserves Management Plan was adopted by the Waitaki D... http://t.co/hkurrdhnMZ
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Oamaru News - Reserves management plan adopted http://t.co/QRbx69MGWd
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Reserves management plan adopted: http://t.co/lT20sxvZv1 #OamaruMail
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That "Glenda Alexander for Waitaki" truck seems a bit far from home in Pine Hill.
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Temperature +14.6 Deg C at Thu, Sep 18 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 37%, 1007 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Public meeting in Duntroon tonight http://t.co/eLLnsIkcau #Waitaki #NorthOtago
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Upper Waitaki Zone Committee to meet: The Upper Waitaki Zone Committee will meet for its regular monthly meeti... http://t.co/IESU9cYpMt
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Nomm - perfectly roast duck breast and Kiwi Pinot. Be still our rumbling tummies...http://t.co/pEzybfFFLT http://t.co/oBqYReQDip
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Oamaru News - Council joint venture to go ahead http://t.co/wddcI1xSKx
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The draft Class 4 Gambling and TAB Venues Policy is being reviewed and we would like your feedback.... http://t.co/A3WiCUYnoK
Council joint venture to go ahead: A motion which will allow the Waitaki District Council to form a joint vent... http://t.co/aO4B8k6Eek
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Council approves $17m loan: The Waitaki District Council voted unanimously yesterday to proceed with a new inv... http://t.co/TPCCCrfj1e
Council joint venture to go ahead: http://t.co/wiyU4Ta8Jm #OamaruMail
C’mon @JacquiDeanMP @NZNationalParty Last chance to enter your skills for Whisper Election14, Waitaki is waiting! #decision14 #nzpol
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Temperature +13.1 Deg C at Wed, Sep 17 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 39%, 1016 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Loan divides opinions: A local business has come out in support of the proposed extension to the Waitaki Distr... http://t.co/BxtryxpVOl
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Speaking to Lower Waitaki water mgmt Zone Committee in #Kurow today about catchment mgmt strategies in Canada #waitakitocanada
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Waitaki Valley Community Society AGM tonight in the back bar of the Kurow Hotel at 7:30pm. A must attend event for locals
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Have you cast your vote yet? Avoid the queues and last minute rush by advance voting at the Wanaka Public Library... http://t.co/GetxQPhYOx
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Attended Waitaki St John training last night with @DonnaSColeman leading the evening. Fantastic delivery.
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Joint venture for district’s waste to be decided: The Waitaki District Council will decide today whether to ap... http://t.co/qumc0L020p
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Irrigation loan decision expected today: The Waitaki District Council is expected to make a decision regarding... http://t.co/JsIc5i2mw3
Oamaru News - Joint venture for district’s waste to be decided http://t.co/2rUPY5yRO9
Joint venture for district's waste to be decided: http://t.co/aer6rPGGXH #OamaruMail
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Student designs WGHS uniforms for competition: DAZZLING: Waitaki Girls’ High School’s Pasifika Group show off ... http://t.co/i8fPcfmaH5
#NewZealand - South Island, Kurow pub, Waitaki Boys High School in Oamaru http://t.co/Yp26z3WA3b
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RT @AddingtonNZ: Excited to announce a new race on #ShowDay for horses trained "South of the Waitaki" C1-C2 $20,000 stake #racinginitiative…
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RT @AddingtonNZ: Check out Matt Smith's @MataiGG article in the #ODT about the ''South of the Waitaki'' Race for #ShowDay http://t.co/0VIga…
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Check out Matt Smith's @MataiGG article in the #ODT about the ''South of the Waitaki'' Race for #ShowDay http://t.co/0VIgarUMkt
The Waitaki refridgeration company #mural 1981 made out of terracotta, timber, acrylic on mutton cloth… http://t.co/gC2rPE2E7p
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Temperature +10.8 Deg C at Tue, Sep 16 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 65%, 1002 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Excited to announce a new race on #ShowDay for horses trained "South of the Waitaki" C1-C2 $20,000 stake #racinginitiatives #youstartwepay
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Oamaru News - District council fostering Maori involvement http://t.co/bo2sq67xef
@AddingtonNZ will hold a $20k C1-C2 race for horses trained South of the Waitaki River on Show Day this year.
District council fostering Maori involvement: The Waitaki District Council is to consider a recommendation at ... http://t.co/mQq70ImSsz
District council fostering Maori involvement: http://t.co/c6K43PUdL3 #OamaruMail
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Stunning colour of the pre-aged steel under the new Waitaki bridges at Kurow. http://t.co/VKt0CFB4lr
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Temperature +14.3 Deg C at Mon, Sep 15 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 53%, 1005 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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RT @sarahrowlandNZ: Springtime - The new Bridge Number1 over the Waitaki River at Kurow. #waitakivalley #waitakibridges #A2O #picoftheday h…
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Meeting between Waitaki District Council and Waimate District Council about bridge material dispersement hopefully going well. Great people
RT @DonnaSColeman: Next week's Kurow Bugle is ALREADY on line. Great photo of the Kurow Hall under construction. http://t.co/w2WP5JT9Aa #Wa…
Last chance for voters to meet candidates: The St Luke’s Anglican Church is the venue for the next Waitaki ele... http://t.co/gfL37g8Cet
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Oamaru News - Top performances from Waitaki Boys’ http://t.co/EXOO1qoBTZ
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Top performances from Waitaki Boys': http://t.co/s91UK1bSpJ #OamaruMail
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@spicksandspecks It's all Scottish south of the Waitaki River but we need their milk powder and cheese too much to let them go :)
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Profiling the Waitaki electoral candidates: On Saturday voters go to the polls, with five candidates contestin... http://t.co/9sIRZvthWo
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Next week's Kurow Bugle is ALREADY on line. Great photo of the Kurow Hall under construction. http://t.co/w2WP5JT9Aa #Waitaki
Springtime - The new Bridge Number1 over the Waitaki River at Kurow. #waitakivalley #waitakibridges #A2O #picoftheday http://t.co/ZB4nHBts7g
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Temperature +13.8 Deg C at Sun, Sep 14 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 51%, 1013 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Shaun Todd LJ Hooker presents - Waitaki Good Sorts http://t.co/NWnFdC4Bvi
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This week's pasture growth forecast for Waitaki. @NZBeefLamb @FarmaxNZ For more detail see https://t.co/4JYO4kaV3C http://t.co/850zqlh7fJ
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Council cuts proposed irrigation loan: A proposed loan by the Waitaki District Council to the North Otago Irri... http://t.co/aF3YXkhurv
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It's her burfday 🎉 @ Waitaki Girls' High School http://t.co/LVDtJfyZkD
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Crossing the mighty Waitaki
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Temperature +18 Deg C at Fri, Sep 12 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 39%, 1017 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
Ian Elliott (Tourism Waitaki marketing manager) & Andrea Cox (Lake Tekapo Motels) coming down from the high point... http://t.co/COfDeVHZp6
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Ian Elliott (Tourism Waitaki marketing manager) & Andrea Cox (Lake Tekapo Motels) coming down from the high point... http://t.co/AiKC5GvhVO
RT @KurowVillage: @key2lifetrust Can't begin to say what your visit meant to us in Kurow. You are always welcome in the Waitaki Valley.
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Just had to help a tourist from Thailand top up her mobile phone. That is what is special about the Waitaki. Always something new.
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@key2lifetrust Can't begin to say what your visit meant to us in Kurow. You are always welcome in the Waitaki Valley.
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A beautiful spring day on the Waitaki River (from Caswell Images). http://t.co/XE7lUReHmP
Upper Waitaki hydro lakes have snow buffer: Snow in the Southern Alps over winter is expected to provide a saf... http://t.co/xT32W2JZjL
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