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.
Bridging Waitaki Waters Community Celebration. http://t.co/92YnrCBqQl
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Enjoying working at Kurow Museum & Info Centre, Waitaki Valley this week. Open 9.30-4 @KurowVillage
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RT @KurowVillage: Labour Weekend: Waitaki Trust Aoraki Aviemore Yacht Classic http://t.co/VIxSJ8P1nK
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RT @KurowVillage: Waitaki District Council Rates rebates mtgs at Kurow Info Centre this Thurs 23rd Oct. Ph 03 433 0300 for more info.
RT @WaitakiIrrigate: The stunning Waitaki River, as captured by Caswell Images http://t.co/4FRyTodVWS
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The stunning Waitaki River, as captured by Caswell Images http://t.co/4FRyTodVWS
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Waitaki launches new calcium ingredient with bone health efficacy and heart health safety http://t.co/WIjwme8fQD
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Rival blue penguin colony ‘no hindrance to Oamaru’: Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill says a blue ... http://t.co/SSMgIm6ww0
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Council works on solution for Beach Rd: The Waitaki District Council is continuing to work with the NZ Transpo... http://t.co/NLRF02P5Q8
Oamaru News - Council works on solution for Beach Rd http://t.co/7sEk9IdTtl
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Council works on solution for Beach Rd: http://t.co/TIRagbg5K7 #OamaruMail
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Temperature +14.5 Deg C at Mon, Oct 20 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 41%, 1014 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Waitaki District Council Rates rebates mtgs at Kurow Info Centre this Thurs 23rd Oct. Ph 03 433 0300 for more info.
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Labour Weekend: Waitaki Trust Aoraki Aviemore Yacht Classic http://t.co/VIxSJ8P1nK
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RT @DonnaSColeman: Great to see @aorakipoly offering computer classes in Kurow Waitaki Valley. http://t.co/6oolsGAPWG
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And we're ready for another week in the #Waitaki Valley #NZTA registrations, museum, internet access & tourist info #Kurow
RT @IndigenousNZC: Yah - Ostler Wines Cellar Door is open from Labour Weekend. If you are in the Waitaki Valley - swing in!! http://t.co/h…
Palmerston celebrates 150 years: Waitaki District deputy mayor Hugh Perkins acknowledged the efforts of politi... http://t.co/eho3o2r40t
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Oamaru News - Albion, Waitaki Boys’ and Valley take wins http://t.co/sF6pl0CQBC
Albion, Waitaki Boys' and Valley take wins: http://t.co/a5xxnJ1pOU #OamaruMail
Tomando algo con aita en el #waitaki
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RT @WaitakiIrrigate: Awesome Waitaki Take a Kid Fishing Day today - major sponsors Lower Waitaki Irrigators. Thanks to Mark and Sonya... ht…
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@AbuckAnne But what I need to know before signing up is if Waitaki District Libraries is available on it 😄
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Awesome Waitaki Take a Kid Fishing Day today - major sponsors Lower Waitaki Irrigators. Thanks to Mark and Sonya... http://t.co/mt1YXiS0vC
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Temperature +16.2 Deg C at Sun, Oct 19 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 39%, 1024 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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RT @abcviajes_com: #Waitaki, disfruta de las vistas más impresionantes - http://t.co/ubW7f5mxpa @NuevaZelandaNet #turismo #guía #viajar
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Working bee at Kurow Island tomorrow @ 10am. #Waitaki
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Temperature +9.3 Deg C at Sat, Oct 18 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 83%, 1024 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Just posted a photo @ Waitaki Recreation Centre http://t.co/SRREKLOHfw
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Yah - Ostler Wines Cellar Door is open from Labour Weekend. If you are in the Waitaki Valley - swing in!! http://t.co/hVUYUjyrk9
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Firefighters to hold fundraising event: The Waitaki Rural Fire Force is holding its annual trail ride fundrais... http://t.co/xrbJ9jET1s
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Council HQ gets tick of approval: A second assessment of the main Waitaki District Council building in Thames ... http://t.co/uVoarH92Jj
Oamaru News - Council HQ gets tick of approval http://t.co/2hGoqYwMXV
Oamaru News - Council proposal worries park owners http://t.co/zec7b8ScwD
Council HQ gets tick of approval: http://t.co/KvsGTUASia #OamaruMail
Council proposal worries park owners: http://t.co/S4DCF7zwmi #OamaruMail
RT @WaitakiDC: Interested in Gambling? Last chance to comment on 'pokies' and gambling venues Waitaki. Go to... http://t.co/5RdKYlEZ2c
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Temperature +18.1 Deg C at Thu, Oct 16 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 33%, 1020 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Great to see @aorakipoly offering computer classes in Kurow Waitaki Valley. http://t.co/6oolsGAPWG
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RT @DonnaSColeman: Lots happening in the Waitaki Valley. See the events tab http://t.co/nq5mA4Yxvg
Lots happening in the Waitaki Valley. See the events tab http://t.co/nq5mA4Yxvg
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Can anyone recommend a good gardener for a cottage garden in Oamaru please? #Waitaki
Dead driver's car opens pupils' eyes to drink-driving #Oamaru #Waitaki | Otago Daily Times http://t.co/kWbXVuYI58
Oamaru News - Waitaki becoming ‘campervan friendly’ http://t.co/S5Wm3RzS91
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Waitaki becoming 'campervan friendly': http://t.co/L2iWQVatKC #OamaruMail
Interested in Gambling? Last chance to comment on 'pokies' and gambling venues Waitaki. Go to... http://t.co/5RdKYlEZ2c
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Shiiiiit Oamaru just got a mention in the @BreakfastonOne traffic report..albeit the Waitaki Valley. #sheepmustbeontheroad
First step at troubled school: Waitaki Boys' High School's commissioner has taken the first step towards resol... http://t.co/O6maF8aySy
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RT @DonnaSColeman: Video for upcoming Kurow bridge completion day 15 November - worth a look #waitaki https://t.co/5lZnt8n4zJ …
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Sumptuous menu put together for Waitaki St John 50th dinner by Gumboots & Pearls. #Kurow 15 Nov
Video for upcoming Kurow bridge completion day 15 November - worth a look #waitaki https://t.co/5lZnt8n4zJ …
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Waitaki Valley Business Bytes (networking meetings) thinking about starting up again in Kurow. Contact me for more details.
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RT @BexMurrayMusic: Very excited to announce No Reason and I will be playing at the Bridging Waitaki Waters Community Celebration on... htt…
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Temperature +15.2 Deg C at Wed, Oct 15 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 53%, 1030 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Agenda/minutes: Upper Waitaki Committee meeting for 17 October 2014: Location: Omarama Community Centre http://t.co/FvmBmOx9Zo
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WBHS commissioner starts work: Waitaki Boys’ High School newly-appointed commissioner Nicola Hornsey will read... http://t.co/8i3mfSNRIT
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#Waitaki, disfruta de las vistas más impresionantes - http://t.co/ubW7f5mxpa @NuevaZelandaNet #turismo #guía #viajar
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Looks like a great event if your in the Fairlie area!:) Captur8 Photography
The Hits Waitaki PORT FM MUSIC... http://t.co/IOXFUBzCBs
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Temperature +14.1 Deg C at Tue, Oct 14 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 50%, 1023 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Flying fish: The Waitaki Irrigators Take a Kid Fishing Competition is proving a huge hit, with only 54 entries... http://t.co/btUdxEmYLR
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Oamaru News - Waitaki bowlers qualify for nationals http://t.co/WgXoajrCU5
Waitaki bowlers qualify for nationals: http://t.co/2Q90ikdAkx #OamaruMail
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RT @WaitakiDC: NOTICE OF INTENTION TO PASS RESOLUTION FOR EXCHANGE OF LAND
Reserves Act 1977; Sections 15, 119 and 120
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We reached the 30s on deck in Kurow this afternoon. #bbqWeather #Waitaki
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