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.
RT @DonnaSColeman: Volunteers in Kurow provide 24 hour cover over Labour Weekend in Waitaki Valley alongside PRIME nurses. #StJohnNZ
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Waitaki District Council have a beta (test) site with a new rates information application we would like you to... http://t.co/t6ZMAu8wj4
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Temperature +14.4 Deg C at Fri, Oct 24 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 35%, 1025 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Volunteers in Kurow provide 24 hour cover over Labour Weekend in Waitaki Valley alongside PRIME nurses. #StJohnNZ
@JudithCollinsMP Greens and Labour STOPPED the Waitaki Scheme under Helen Clark Labour, Same in Westland too. Harawira stopped Kaipara Tidal
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Away for the long weekend? Get your trailer & vehicles registered at Kurow Museum & Info Centre. #NZTA #Waitaki
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I'm at Fleur's Place in Moeraki, Waitaki https://t.co/2rVfNtQOUa
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Big police presence on roads: Southern Highway Patrol are working in conjunction with Waitaki Road Safe and wi... http://t.co/OTEMGptSPu
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RT @DonnaSColeman: @StJohnNZ Kurow's first ambulance. Celebrating 50 years of volunteering in the Waitaki this year. http://t.co/P5I9uRpvjV
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RT @WaitakiDC: Attention all planners! Waitaki District Council has an opportunity that will get your career moving.
Due to... http://t.c…
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Attention all planners! Waitaki District Council has an opportunity that will get your career moving.
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Holding the fort for Carron while she is at funding training in Oamaru. Busy with museum visitors, vehicle reg & tourist enquiries #Waitaki
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RT @WaitakiDC: The Waitaki Aquatic Centre has permanent part time positions available for lifeguards to join our team. For more... http://t…
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@five15design For the skies? Home to me: spent early years in the Waitaki Valley. Still miss it.
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The Waitaki Aquatic Centre has permanent part time positions available for lifeguards to join our team. For more... http://t.co/jLNLbm1Sru
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@NZTAOS very gusty up Waitaki Valley too.
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Temperature +20.3 Deg C at Thu, Oct 23 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 29%, 1010 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Hard work pays off: WINNERS: Awards were presented at Waitaki Girls’ High School yesterday for achievement dur... http://t.co/LiikhLpape
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MT @DonnaSColeman: Generous support of St John celebrating 50 yrs volunteering in the Waitaki Thks @OstlerWines & @PasqualeWinesNZ #nzwine
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@StJohnNZ Kurow's first ambulance. Celebrating 50 years of volunteering in the Waitaki this year. http://t.co/P5I9uRpvjV
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@Alps2Ocean Definitely one of my favourite spots in the Waitaki.
Generous support of Waitaki St John celebrating 50 years volunteering in the Waitaki. Thanks @OstlerWines & @PasqualeWinesNZ #nzwine
Labour Weekend wine: @OstlerWines @ Vintners Drop Kurow #nzwine #Waitaki
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RT @WaitakiIrrigate: Bridging Waitaki Waters Community Celebration. http://t.co/92YnrCBqQl
Temperature +17.7 Deg C at Wed, Oct 22 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 47%, 1023 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Waitaki Youth Forum proves a tremendous success: A Waitaki Youth Forum took place in Oamaru on Monday as part ... http://t.co/2omHDmpxmw
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Oamaru News - Waitaki Youth Forum proves a tremendous success http://t.co/1wZLCefqF7
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Waitaki Youth Forum proves a tremendous success: http://t.co/8VpjCO8qo5 #OamaruMail
#work #hydraladder #master #apricots #newzealand #nature #fruits #thinning #waitaki #orchard @… http://t.co/G7P1bIjFUd
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@GrasshopperRock I think John Forrest is experimenting with the cloth we used this year to see if it can improve flowering in Waitaki.
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Bridging Waitaki Waters Community Celebration. http://t.co/92YnrCBqQl
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Enjoying working at Kurow Museum & Info Centre, Waitaki Valley this week. Open 9.30-4 @KurowVillage
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RT @KurowVillage: Labour Weekend: Waitaki Trust Aoraki Aviemore Yacht Classic http://t.co/VIxSJ8P1nK
RT @KurowVillage: Waitaki District Council Rates rebates mtgs at Kurow Info Centre this Thurs 23rd Oct. Ph 03 433 0300 for more info.
RT @WaitakiIrrigate: The stunning Waitaki River, as captured by Caswell Images http://t.co/4FRyTodVWS
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The stunning Waitaki River, as captured by Caswell Images http://t.co/4FRyTodVWS
Waitaki launches new calcium ingredient with bone health efficacy and heart health safety http://t.co/WIjwme8fQD
Rival blue penguin colony ‘no hindrance to Oamaru’: Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill says a blue ... http://t.co/SSMgIm6ww0
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Council works on solution for Beach Rd: The Waitaki District Council is continuing to work with the NZ Transpo... http://t.co/NLRF02P5Q8
Oamaru News - Council works on solution for Beach Rd http://t.co/7sEk9IdTtl
Council works on solution for Beach Rd: http://t.co/TIRagbg5K7 #OamaruMail
Temperature +14.5 Deg C at Mon, Oct 20 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 41%, 1014 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Waitaki District Council Rates rebates mtgs at Kurow Info Centre this Thurs 23rd Oct. Ph 03 433 0300 for more info.
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Labour Weekend: Waitaki Trust Aoraki Aviemore Yacht Classic http://t.co/VIxSJ8P1nK
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RT @DonnaSColeman: Great to see @aorakipoly offering computer classes in Kurow Waitaki Valley. http://t.co/6oolsGAPWG
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And we're ready for another week in the #Waitaki Valley #NZTA registrations, museum, internet access & tourist info #Kurow
RT @IndigenousNZC: Yah - Ostler Wines Cellar Door is open from Labour Weekend. If you are in the Waitaki Valley - swing in!! http://t.co/h…
Palmerston celebrates 150 years: Waitaki District deputy mayor Hugh Perkins acknowledged the efforts of politi... http://t.co/eho3o2r40t
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Oamaru News - Albion, Waitaki Boys’ and Valley take wins http://t.co/sF6pl0CQBC
Albion, Waitaki Boys' and Valley take wins: http://t.co/a5xxnJ1pOU #OamaruMail
Tomando algo con aita en el #waitaki
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RT @WaitakiIrrigate: Awesome Waitaki Take a Kid Fishing Day today - major sponsors Lower Waitaki Irrigators. Thanks to Mark and Sonya... ht…
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@AbuckAnne But what I need to know before signing up is if Waitaki District Libraries is available on it 😄
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Awesome Waitaki Take a Kid Fishing Day today - major sponsors Lower Waitaki Irrigators. Thanks to Mark and Sonya... http://t.co/mt1YXiS0vC
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Temperature +16.2 Deg C at Sun, Oct 19 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 39%, 1024 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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RT @abcviajes_com: #Waitaki, disfruta de las vistas más impresionantes - http://t.co/ubW7f5mxpa @NuevaZelandaNet #turismo #guía #viajar
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Working bee at Kurow Island tomorrow @ 10am. #Waitaki
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Temperature +9.3 Deg C at Sat, Oct 18 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 83%, 1024 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Just posted a photo @ Waitaki Recreation Centre http://t.co/SRREKLOHfw
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Yah - Ostler Wines Cellar Door is open from Labour Weekend. If you are in the Waitaki Valley - swing in!! http://t.co/hVUYUjyrk9
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Firefighters to hold fundraising event: The Waitaki Rural Fire Force is holding its annual trail ride fundrais... http://t.co/xrbJ9jET1s
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Council HQ gets tick of approval: A second assessment of the main Waitaki District Council building in Thames ... http://t.co/uVoarH92Jj
Oamaru News - Council HQ gets tick of approval http://t.co/2hGoqYwMXV
Oamaru News - Council proposal worries park owners http://t.co/zec7b8ScwD
Council HQ gets tick of approval: http://t.co/KvsGTUASia #OamaruMail
Council proposal worries park owners: http://t.co/S4DCF7zwmi #OamaruMail
RT @WaitakiDC: Interested in Gambling? Last chance to comment on 'pokies' and gambling venues Waitaki. Go to... http://t.co/5RdKYlEZ2c
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