The Waitaki Valley is an unspoilt, untouched paradise with some of the best scenery in New Zealand. A drive through the Valley will inspire you to get in touch with nature, either through camping, boating or picnicking by the beautiful braided river or one of the three lakes or through exploring the fossil trail and other limestone wonders. The developing wine industry in the Valley provides the opportunity to experience cold climate varietals while enjoying a platter made of local produce. Popular activities include soaking in the hot tubs, gliding over the McKenzie basin, skiing or boarding in the mountains or meandering through nature walks.
Ohau is real New Zealand, a place that includes many holiday homes and is the gateway to the Ohau lake, walking and bike tracks and the Ohau ski field. The ski field provides a wonderful community atmosphere where locals and visitors get to know each other on the hill. The Ohau lodge has spectacular views of the lake and mountains and is a great place to stay and get to know people from New Zealand and all over the world. If you want to get away from it all and relax amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand then Ohau is the place to visit.
Omarama – the place of light – is the town to stay in on the way from Christchurch to Queenstown. It has a strong reputation as the gliding capital of the world where you can soar over the beautiful Waitaki Valley and McKenzie basin. You must spend some time soaking in the Omarama Hot Tubs or watch a live sheep shearing show at Wrinkly Rams. The river and lakes provide the ideal location for fishing, boating, picnicking or other recreational pursuits. Just north of Omarama you can drive to the Clay Cliffs and see stunning rock formations. Omarama is the ideal location to take a few days to relax and unwind and explore the wonderful Waitaki Valley.
Otematata is positioned right between the hydro dam lakes and is a popular for water sports holidays, walking, cycling, swimming, boating and fishing. The township also has a nine hole golf course, various accommodation options and facilities.
Duntroon is home to incredible geological formations that bring visitors from all over the world. The Elephant Rocks site is the perfect location to see incredible limestone formations. Through a local tour company you can even abseil or rock climb off the rocks for a truly memorable experience. Starting at the Vanished World centre in Duntroon you can wind your way through the Valley and visit some key fossil sites that have been preserved by local landowners.
Duntroon has also preserved some of the more unique aspects of its past in a restored gaol and blacksmiths forge.
Kurow is centrally located in the middle of the Waitaki Valley and provides the base for many activities including watersports, camping, cycling and fishing. Do a wine tour to Kurow Winery for a platter and wine tasting or stop in at regional wine tasting room, Vintners Drop in the old Post Office in Kurow. The Kurow Museum is a must visit and provides great local history and knowledge of the area. You can explore Maori Rock Art or unique geological landforms like Elephant Rocks and Earthquakes. To truely experience real New Zealand you must stay at Kurow.
Oamaru church @ Oamaru & Waitaki District https://t.co/oPZY8K8NvT
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Oamaru architecture @ Oamaru & Waitaki District https://t.co/4zhzvkSiJo
@MadMaclegend Interesting. OBHS gets to pick anyone they want south of the Waitaki too
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Temperature +10.6 Deg C at Fri, Sep 04 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 36%, 1009 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
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RT @penybrynlodge: If it's good enough for the NZ Prime Minister,it's good enough for us! Waitaki's own Whitestone Whitestone Cheese... htt…
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https://t.co/Wh0kJRFuPm RT nzoq: Last chance: Register for site visit to Waitaki Biosciences! It's next Wednesday. …
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RT @nzoq: Last chance: Register for site visit to Waitaki Biosciences! It's next Wednesday. http://t.co/8mLFuygGcd #canterbury
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https://t.co/Wh0kJRFuPm Last chance: Register for site visit to Waitaki Biosciences! It's next Wednesday. http://t.co/MFkp5Vn3t4 #canter…
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Last chance: Register for site visit to Waitaki Biosciences! It's next Wednesday. http://t.co/8mLFuygGcd #canterbury
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RT @WDLibraries: Last week we hosted performance poet David Eggleton for our #NationalPoetryDay event. Check out the recap here: http://t.c…
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Temperature +15.5 Deg C at Thu, Sep 03 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 36%, 1009 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
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Temperature +11.9 Deg C at Wed, Sep 02 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 53%, 1001 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
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Last week we hosted performance poet David Eggleton for our #NationalPoetryDay event. Check out the recap here: http://t.co/o3U4jabh1Y
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If it's good enough for the NZ Prime Minister,it's good enough for us! Waitaki's own Whitestone Whitestone Cheese... http://t.co/ymFE3v6o9C
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Temperature +5.3 Deg C at Tue, Sep 01 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 80%, 1015 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
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N.Z friends enjoyed visit to Yarra Valley, (& checking out @yeringstn winery ) They own a small winery in Waitaki NZ http://t.co/jOAQu9AkyO
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Calf Rearer in Omarama, Waitaki Valley. Accom & Paid #newzealand #job #jobs #work http://t.co/yabVDCOp19
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Temperature +9.7 Deg C at Mon, Aug 31 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 69%, 1026 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
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Temperature +10.2 Deg C at Sun, Aug 30 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 73%, 1023 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
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I hope the Waitaki Valley is getting some of this rain. #Dunedin
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RT @VinoNZ: #NewTastingNotes Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir. Ft @ForrestwinesNZ @PasqualeWinesNZ @OstlerWines #RealReviews http://t.co/ABFTgoOZ8V
RT @GreatrixBrad: @SorchaHolloway or off the beaten path, try Ostler, from the Waitaki Valley. On pure limestone and sheer class. #ukwineho…
Temperature +15.8 Deg C at Sat, Aug 29 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 43%, 1019 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
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Journey Through The Waitaki Valley On Your Travels South Through New Zealand...VLqL
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(Sarah) Waitaki District Library in Oamaru hosted David Eggleton last night for their #NatPoetryDay event http://t.co/GlFU7Eoyfb
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Temperature +9.3 Deg C at Fri, Aug 28 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 51%, 1031 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
David Eggleton: Performance Poet http://t.co/viGedDarqf
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More accolades for our New Zealand team...
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Prior to PWD 540 working for the Otago Harbour Board, PWD 540 was apart of the Waitaki Hydro... http://t.co/yGBCxxZfwL
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@SorchaHolloway or off the beaten path, try Ostler, from the Waitaki Valley. On pure limestone and sheer class. #ukwinehour
RT @ForrestwinesNZ: A great write up by Bob Campbell on our presence in the Waitaki Valley! http://t.co/TWYVbSpdHx
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RT @OtagoUniPress: David Eggleton reads 6pm tonight in Oamaru- getting in early for National Poetry Day 2015: http://t.co/qPiUdcWPbq
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David Eggleton reads 6pm tonight in Oamaru- getting in early for National Poetry Day 2015: http://t.co/qPiUdcWPbq
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Temperature +15.9 Deg C at Thu, Aug 27 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 36%, 1034 hpa http://t.co/o0gerSLMWa #otematata #waitaki
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