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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Come along and support local #gigatownoam author & artist Trish Shirley as she launches her new book! May 6th @ 6pm http://t.co/k243d9JfKU
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#Dunedin, #Waitaki & #Auckland working together in response to proposed Govt changes to earthquake building rules - http://t.co/46m4Yog6gQ
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Looking forward to exploring #Oamaru and #Waitaki district this weekend :) @PureNewZealand @OamaruiSITE
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A Windows Phone version of the Waitaki Roads app can be found at:
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Download the Waitaki Roads app for Android before the next weather event:
Today is the last day to make your submission on the Draft Annual Plan 2014/15... http://t.co/d563C538ul
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For an update on which roads are still closed visit:... http://t.co/YdAgAyW3sE
A Tour of Waitaki - A Tour of Waitaki - http://t.co/kTo5ETd6GH... #travel http://t.co/UOPOVdrluw
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@nzyoungnats and of coruse in 2012 http://t.co/gIEgFi8KOD ....
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Temperature +20.5 Deg C at Mon, Apr 21 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 29%, 1012 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
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RT @JacquiDeanMP: Traffic jam up the Waitaki Valley. It's a #gigatownoamaru beautiful morning. http://t.co/bFvdHlWeln
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RT @Rebecca___Ryan: Love a drive up the Waitaki Valley! #kurowbound #gigatownoamaru http://t.co/rWALBlSJDH
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Latest forecast pasture growth rates for Waitaki District from @nzbeeflamb & @FarmaxNZ. More: https://t.co/4JYO4jTS1C http://t.co/MZFc99gLJ3
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Temperature +24.3 Deg C at Sun, Apr 20 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 32%, 1001 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
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Special treat at Short Black cafe #gigatownoamaru #cappuccino #cafetreat #nicecoffe #Waitaki http://t.co/FBg30O3TIu
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@RachelRayner too far north, try south of the Waitaki river
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Temperature +22.1 Deg C at Sat, Apr 19 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 51%, 1002 hpa http://t.co/sn6C2jIVad #otematata #waitaki
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The Waitaki EOC has now closed. All welfare centres are also closed .
The CDEM office has reverted to the... http://t.co/z6H8ByRDp6
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#gigatownoamaru thank you Rodger McGaw for providing the link. http://t.co/1ceTcePeFv
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Waitaki weather http://t.co/5mwnNkcMrd
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The Waitaki EOC was activated at 1230 hours this afternoon owing to the flooding , very high river levels and... http://t.co/alICHlYiqd
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RT @steampunkHQ: #2 MUST See in Waitaki! http://t.co/AEydqF1wUS If you haven't been to see us yet Your missing out! Open over Easter 10-5pm…
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@LivvyBollington waitaki boys high school then they have penguins in the town called oamaru
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I'm so not in work mode after just one day off. Saw a @nzpolice release talking about Waikato. Automatically thought Waitaki.
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Waitaki District Council's free phone 0800 108 081 can now be called from any land-line in NZ. Previously it was... http://t.co/c9kg1E0f2o
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Sad to lose Palmerston and other great communities in the boundary change for the amazing Waitaki Electorate.
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School holidays are fast approaching & we're offering some fantastic programmes like creating inky creatures! http://t.co/Qe6xnijxWk
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#2 MUST See in Waitaki! http://t.co/AEydqF1wUS If you haven't been to see us yet Your missing out! Open over Easter 10-5pm #itstheplacetobe
Retirement village after tick of approval: http://t.co/R0GamGPyFZ #OamaruMail
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