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.
Tropical 4 degrees, sun, no snow in Kurow today. #Waitaki @WeatherWatchNZ
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An U16 group had a great hit out this afternoon against Waitaki Boys from NZ. Fell over the line for a 3 point win. http://t.co/PKAa49f6GN
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RT @KurowVillage: New carpet in the Kurow Info Centre. What a difference. Smartest place in the Waitaki. Call in and see us 9:30am until 4p…
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Waitaki Valley community meeting in Kurow to discuss community vehicle. This Thursday at 7pm. http://t.co/Mut4OsCSjX
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Just setting up the Twitter account for our awesome little independent vineyard in the Waitaki Valley! #EPH
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RT @Rebecca___Ryan: Photos from the sky above Mitchell & Webster Ltd's field supporting The @Highlanders yesterday. #NorthOtago #Waitaki ht…
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Is your horse trained 'South of the Waitaki''? Check out the special series we have going here - http://t.co/9knWCRVLm0 Heat 2 this Friday!
Photos from the sky above Mitchell & Webster Ltd's field supporting The @Highlanders yesterday. #NorthOtago #Waitaki https://t.co/92sF5ynCa8
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Hoping that the rest of the southern region will be part of the celebrations #notjustDunedin @Highlanders from Invercargill to Waitaki
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New carpet in the Kurow Info Centre. What a difference. Smartest place in the Waitaki. Call in and see us 9:30am until 4pm Mon - Friday
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SDHB no show disappoints: Friday, July 3 Waitaki District Mayor Gary Kircher is disappointed no representative... http://t.co/T97xqVsDQF
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RT @WDLibraries: Looking for some school holiday activities? #OamaruLibrary has some epic #musical activities for your 4-8 year olds! http:…
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RT @YoungJody: Just want to say I appreciate you all for your love and support. You are #1!
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Had a Twin Lakes burger at the Otematata Hotel. One of the best pub burger meals this side of the Waitaki. Hit all the spots A+++
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RT @LIVENewsDesk: A protest is underway in the small South Island town of Waitaki, as the Southern DHB threatens to cut Oamaru Hospital fun…
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Public holiday for south of the Waitaki tomorrow?
A protest is underway in the small South Island town of Waitaki, as the Southern DHB threatens to cut Oamaru Hospital funding by 5%.
It's expected about a thousand Waitaki locals will protest next hour - against proposed funding cuts to Oamaru hospital.
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Marching for Waitaki’s health services https://t.co/FtvHvN3EUX
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RT @LIVENewsDesk: Waitaki residents will deliver a clear message to the Southern District Health Board today - "don't cut funding to our ho…
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Waitaki residents will deliver a clear message to the Southern District Health Board today - "don't cut funding to our hospital."
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Yes, it is great to live South of the Waitaki. #hurvhil. Highlanders!
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@AsherGoldman @MelissaPSA Soviet South of the Waitaki will NEVER be defeated!!
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Scheme poses a "real risk" http://t.co/UoeAcaXezp
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Heat1 of our new ''South of the Waitaki'' Series goes to TACT TATE - Congratulations to Trevor Proctor who trains & co-owns with the Dynes
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@AliCopeman @southernscoop Face it ... They just don't care about 300,000 odd people south of the Waitaki River. Not worth their bother.
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Oamaru News - $30m road funding for Waitaki - http://t.co/YC6JheLLuz
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The Bloodmatch is tomorrow between Saint Kevin's College my old school and heathen waitaki boys high. Go get em boys http://t.co/jpMLHAv3pF
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$30m road funding for Waitaki: More than $30 millions is to be spent on road improvements, maintenance, safety... http://t.co/JHlijVEmCy
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Ideally we've all gotten over ourselves but I'm not sure. You still can't speak of Colin Hawke south of the Waitaki. https://t.co/GBx8G7qDPp
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Sad decision by The Press even if the correct situation is not available sth of the waitaki http://t.co/4HzCYCCV3K
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$30m road funding for Waitaki: http://t.co/fkngqYfThH #OamaruMail
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