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.
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Wallaby unsuccessful in attempt to make it to Kurow shops via new Kurow Bridge over Waitaki. #roadkill
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The historic Waitaki District Council building and the WW1... @ Waitaki District Council http://t.co/o0Jy30AlrO http://t.co/ScJ13Sr1Ly
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Some of the beautiful scenery in the Waitaki Lakes area near #Oamaru. @ Lake Benmore http://t.co/lEbzpa3rbB http://t.co/N7j0xZPQuU
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RT @winenoter: Happy for Waitaki #nzwine district as @PasqualeWinesNZ recommences production: 2012 Whites & 2011 PNoir tasted http://t.co/V…
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RT @KurowVillage: Helping a tourist whose rental car has broken down. It is hard getting people in Auckland to comprehend Kurow and the Wai…
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Temperature +25.2 Deg C at Wed, Jan 28 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 39%, 1019 hpa http://t.co/xWJUZBp4sY #otematata #waitaki
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The Waitaki Valley is home to NZ's newest wine appellation, which produces... @ Kurow http://t.co/VzoNe9kCgR http://t.co/DFkFHGYwLe
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Helping a tourist whose rental car has broken down. It is hard getting people in Auckland to comprehend Kurow and the Waitaki Valley
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Happy for Waitaki #nzwine district as @PasqualeWinesNZ recommences production: 2012 Whites & 2011 PNoir tasted http://t.co/VH7dOJeSD4
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Power outage for ten minutes now resolved in Kurow Township. Pleased the fire siren remained silent. Fire is such a worry in our dry Waitaki
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RT @100chch: On a charge of dynamiting fish in the Waitaki river, Edward Dormer was fined £5 and costs £3. http://t.co/MBEnBmpEdW
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Temperature +28.8 Deg C at Mon, Jan 26 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 19%, 1016 hpa http://t.co/xWJUZBp4sY #otematata #waitaki
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On a charge of dynamiting fish in the Waitaki river, Edward Dormer was fined £5 and costs £3. http://t.co/MBEnBmpEdW
Temperature +27.2 Deg C at Sun, Jan 25 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 32%, 1023 hpa http://t.co/xWJUZBp4sY #otematata #waitaki
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Temperature +27.2 Deg C at Sat, Jan 24 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 33%, 1023 hpa http://t.co/xWJUZBp4sY #otematata #waitaki
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Clifford gone wandering. On wedding duties up the Waitaki Valley #damnhot
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Temperature +29.2 Deg C at Fri, Jan 23 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 25%, 1023 hpa http://t.co/xWJUZBp4sY #otematata #waitaki
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Temperature +26.1 Deg C at Thu, Jan 22 2015, 03:00 PM, Humidity 27%, 1026 hpa http://t.co/o0gerTkZsO #otematata #waitaki
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Leaving the Waitaki on a beautiful day :(
RT @WaitakiDC: Have a look at the new beta website. It is up for testing and comments at http://t.co/0zDwhkRWKE http://t.co/zSbOiGnWzM
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Flash back to Jason Kerrison Music and I trying to remember the words to country road at the Bridging Waitaki... http://t.co/UV8T2R1zr5
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