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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RT @KurowVillage: Kurow Young Farmers http://t.co/vwyVvzux49 #Waitaki clubs
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WIN WIN WIN - Check it out!
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Temperature +18 Deg C at Tue, Jul 29 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 33%, 1016 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
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@calprox @NigelLatta good Waitaki lad!
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RT @CountryWideEd: Competition will be fierce at Miss Waitaki Valley beauty pageant, August 2 as 8 men strut their stuff for charity.
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Competition will be fierce at Miss Waitaki Valley beauty pageant, August 2 as 8 men strut their stuff for charity.
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Kurow Young Farmers http://t.co/vwyVvzux49 #Waitaki clubs
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RT @DonnaSColeman: 30 August @ Kurow 'Once We Built a Tower'. #Waitaki #BirthOfSocialWelfare #WaitakiDams #NZHistory
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Once We Built A Tower: Construction of Waitaki Dam & the Welfare State 1928-39 http://t.co/1qVISPpWWT
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Oamaru News - Corriedale by-election to cost $19,000 http://t.co/3S8fNEsbEr
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Corriedale by-election to cost $19,000: http://t.co/S3SedoD6ad #OamaruMail
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Power network pays discounts, saves up for upgrade - North Otago power lines company Network Waitaki had a better ... http://t.co/sM02lVQ6cn
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RT @celia_hay: Ostler wines from the Waitaki Valley and Jeff Sinnott
3 fascinating Pinot Gris, quite distinct, different levels... http://…
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30 August @ Kurow 'Once We Built a Tower'. #Waitaki #BirthOfSocialWelfare #WaitakiDams #NZHistory
Ostler wines from the Waitaki Valley and Jeff Sinnott
3 fascinating Pinot Gris, quite distinct, different levels... http://t.co/ZovwXlFKLG
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RT @AaronJMeikle: This week's forecast pasture growth rates for Waitaki District, from @NZBeefLamb & @FarmaxNZ For more detail, see: https:…
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This week's forecast pasture growth rates for Waitaki District, from @NZBeefLamb & @FarmaxNZ For more detail, see: https://t.co/4JYO4jTS1C
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RT @WaitakiDC: Submissions close 5pm today for the Waitaki Dog Control Policy and Bylaw Review. Have your say http://t.co/LbbONP5gW7 http:/…
Behind each New Zealand wine there's a story. This one of passion, brilliance & hard work. Love Ostler Waitaki wines. http://t.co/LD6cQrdbdh
Temperature +10.4 Deg C at Mon, Jul 28 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 45%, 1021 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
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Submissions close 5pm today for the Waitaki Dog Control Policy and Bylaw Review. Have your say http://t.co/LbbONP5gW7 http://t.co/On27Y3aW6G
Stuff: Bodies on the line in MPs' bet: Nelson MP Nick Smith and his Waitaki counterpart Jacqui Dean are accust... http://t.co/Bdc9hOBtRE
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RT @Rebecca___Ryan: Changes likely in lakes camping | Otago Daily Times Online News #Waitaki #WaitakiLakes http://t.co/lz1SAfCmVZ
Changes likely in lakes camping | Otago Daily Times Online News #Waitaki #WaitakiLakes http://t.co/lz1SAfCmVZ
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Who should pay for loss-making campsites? Changes likely in Waitaki lakes camps... Otago Daily Times http://t.co/oJzYfszhmo
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Coastal erosion is an problem in the Waitaki district the council continues to tackle. http://t.co/FBh4aFBm12 http://t.co/ZdgQZqFxko
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Coastal erosion is an problem in the Waitaki district the council continues to tackle. http://t.co/D2r4fwyTCG
Thanks to everyone who helped get hoardings up across the Waitaki. Couldn't do it without you #TeamKey http://t.co/fLPh5BIAG2
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Men enter local beauty pageant: Eight Waitaki Valley men will get in touch with their feminine side when they ... http://t.co/8stZwn65R6
SKC and WBHS fall to defeats: Waitaki Boys’ High School and St Kevin’s College both fell to defeats in their H... http://t.co/trizdhbfiM
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My fantastic husband Bill putting up yet another billboard in #TeamKey Waitaki. We've had 5 teams out this weekend. http://t.co/7v8V60DsBU
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Temperature +13.1 Deg C at Sun, Jul 27 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 38%, 1028 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
Good morning all,
Our regular Monday meeting will be held on, July 28th , 7.00pm at Waitaki Boys’ High School... http://t.co/NoJ16NWOtI
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Temperature +9.8 Deg C at Fri, Jul 25 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 51%, 1023 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
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Have your say on local water quality: The Upper Waitaki Zone Committee is inviting community members to attend... http://t.co/5OnTDIO1Qx
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RT @OamMail: Network Waitaki chair receives award: http://t.co/LjLFUsbdl2 #OamaruMail
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Quiz night fundraiser proves successful: The Waitaki Autism Trust’s Quiz Night at North Star on Monday night w... http://t.co/lDRIKXk1kr
Oamaru News - Network Waitaki chair receives award http://t.co/g591bACC5d
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Network Waitaki chair receives award: Network Waitaki chairwoman Clare Kearney has been named as the winner of... http://t.co/sQzglzLHsa
Network Waitaki chair receives award: http://t.co/LjLFUsbdl2 #OamaruMail
RT @IoDNZ: And the Otago Southland Aspiring Director Award goes to... Clare Kearney! Congratulations. http://t.co/8qA6AQZhmR
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RT @ShaunLJHooker: Waitaki River mouth looking stunning this morning! #lovethewaitaki http://t.co/Cw9CYilikV
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Temperature +14.9 Deg C at Thu, Jul 24 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 35%, 1015 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
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Waitaki River mouth looking stunning this morning! #lovethewaitaki http://t.co/Cw9CYilikV
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And the Otago Southland Aspiring Director Award goes to... Clare Kearney! Congratulations. http://t.co/8qA6AQZhmR
RT @OamMail: Waitaki Boys' downed by OBHS: http://t.co/kRNj5BOwY4 #OamaruMail
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Oamaru News - Waitaki Boys’ downed by OBHS http://t.co/TTW8MuzPk3
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Waitaki Boys’ downed by OBHS: Waitaki Boys’ became the latest victims of superb passing , an explosive running... http://t.co/zNcIjO8KKN
Waitaki Boys' downed by OBHS: http://t.co/kRNj5BOwY4 #OamaruMail
Waitaki Valley Year 7 & 8 pupils ski 6 Fridays this term. #lucky #OutdoorEducation
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Temperature +13.5 Deg C at Wed, Jul 23 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 42%, 1014 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
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Upper Waitaki: Have your say on local water quality: The Upper Waitaki Zone Committee is inviting community me... http://t.co/0sMEf3Zayx
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Waitaki council considers coastal road: While coastal erosion is an issue in the Waitaki district, the Waitaki... http://t.co/MhWVQnT75t
RT @DonnaSColeman: Waitaki St John Area Committee organising 50th anniversary celebrations this year @ Kurow
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